Frederick Douglass was an African-American man born into slavery who later became an activist, author, speaker, and reformer. He led the abolitionist movement in New York with the intent to put an end to slavery at the time of the Civil War. He became famous for his stand against the prejudice and slave system as a whole and continued to fight for civil rights and equality right up until the time of his death.
The right to vote is a freedom that has developed with amendment after amendment since the days of independence. At first, voting was a privilege for white men. Then came Emancipation and the freedom for black men to vote. Next came women. But were black women a part of that new ruling alongside white women? When did black women get the right to vote, and when was that rightfully realized?
The right to vote is one that many American citizens now take for granted. For some demographics, this freedom to vote for election candidates has always been there. Some will decide not to use it over a dislike of politics. But, others had to fight for the right to cast a vote, and, among them, many see it as an opportunity to honor those that earned that freedom.
The fight for equal rights in America is nothing new. Since the Declaration of Independence, some groups have been deemed inferior to others and less deserving of rights. Over time, women have gained many of the rights of men. So, when did women get rights in voting, reproductive choices, and more?
Racial segregation through Jim Crow Laws is a dark point in American history that ended far too recently. The slaves were freed in 1873, yet black and white Americans were segregated in living memory. Why was there such a gap between emancipation and the end of segregation, and does any form of segregation still exist? […]
On April 4th, 1968, civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis in one of a series of high-profile assassinations in the 1960s. While a conviction was made, there are still questions over who is truly responsible for the crime. Who killed Martin Luther King Jr., and is there any truth to the idea of a conspiracy?