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  • 1517-1688

    *1517-1688

    c.1517 Spaniards begin importing slaves from Africa to replace Indians who died from harsh working conditions and exposure to disease. 1619 Twenty Africans are deposited at Jamestown, VA by a Dutch
  • 1705-1776

    *1705-1776

    1705 A Virginia law forbids free blacks to hold public office or to be witnesses in court cases. 1739 44 black slaves and 30 white colonists are killed in Stono rebellion near Charleston, SC. 1770 Crispus
  • 1777-1788

    *1777-1788

    1777 Vermont abolishes slavery. 1780 Pennsylvania passes a law to gradual abolish slavery. 1781 Blacks make up more than half of the 44 settlers who found Los Angeles. 1783 The American Revolution
  • 1790-1807

    *1790-1807

    1790 Benjamin Banneker is appointed by George Washington to the District of Columbia Commission, where he works on the survey of Washington, D.C. 1793 Congress passes the first Fugitive Slave Act
  • 1812-1829

    *1812-1829

    1812-1815 Free and enslaved blacks serve in the war of 1812. 1816 The American Colonization Society is founded. 1820 Blacks are banned from service in the United States armed forces. 1822 Free
  • 1830-1847

    *1830-1847

    1830 The first National Negro Convention meets in Philadelphia. 1831 William Lloyd Garrison publishes the first issue of the Liberator, his abolitionist newspaper. Nat Turner leads a slave rebellion
  • 1849-1859

    *1849-1859

    1849 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland to freedom in Philadelphia; she will return to the South 19 times to help slaves escape via the Underground Railroad. The Maryland Supreme Court
  • 1861-1865

    *1861-1865

    1861-1865 The Civil War is fought after southern states secede amidst concerns over the preservation of slavery. Thousands of slaves who escaped during the conflict are declared "contraband of war" and
  • 1866

    *1866

    1866 On February 2, a black delegation led by Frederick Douglass met with President Andrew Johnson at the White House to advocate black suffrage. The president expressed his opposition, and the meeting
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