African American Ancestor's Journal Entry from 1830-1880

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1830-1839

It is a census year, and the numbers reveal that 18.1% of the population is black. African-American delegates from five states are in Philadelphia for the first of many National Negro Conventions to discuss initiatives to curb slavery in the South and racial discrimination in the North. North Carolina enacts a statute to ban educating of slaves. Efforts by people like Nat Turner, William Garrison, and Jarena Lee are significantly pushing for the freedom of blacks (Wright). The formation of societies and institutions is also of great importance. Examples of include the Female Anti-Slavery Society, the American Anti-Slavery Society, the Oberlin College among others. African free schools have been incorporated into the New York public schools. South Carolina has banned the educating of slaves. Texas has declared independence from Mexico, their Constitution recognizes slavery, so it’s going to be difficult for black people to live there. The Philadelphia Vigilance is being organized to help fugitive slaves. Pennsylvania has refused black voters. An American vessel has towed the Amistad, which has 53 slaves aboard (Brunner).

1840-1849

It is another census year, and it shows that the number of blacks is about 2,873,648. Frederick Douglass has led a successful campaign against Rhode Island’s proposed Dorr Constitution. The U.S. court of supreme has advised that the Americans are obligated to help in the recapture of fugitive slaves. People like William Brown, Sojourner Truth, William Lane, Harriet Tubman and others have joined in the push for the betterment of the lives of the minority. Others like Macon Allen and David Peck are overcoming significant hurdles. The Legislative Committee of the Provisional Government of Oregon has enacted a black exclusion law. Texas has now been confirmed as a state in the U.S. Missouri has also banned the education of slaves (Brunner). The first Women’s Rights Convention was held today in Seneca Falls. The California gold rush has taken off, and many black people are moving there with prospects of work (Wright).

1850-1859

The recently conducted census reveals that the number of free blacks has increased from the previous 386,293 to 433,807. Martin Delany, Harriet Beecher, William Neil and Harriet Wilson use literature to convey the message that black people should be treated as equals. Today Sojourner Truth gave an impassioned speech at the Women’s Rights Convention in Ohio. A second hospital was opened for us in Augusta, Georgia, the Jackson Street Hospital. Today Anthony Burns, a fugitive slave in Virginia, was captured in Boston (Wright). The Republican Party, recently formed, is in opposition to slavery spreading to the western territories (Brunner). The Massachusetts legislature has outlawed racially segregated schools. Wilberforce University has become the first institution of higher learning owned and operated by blacks.

1860-1869

Another census reveals that of the 4,441,830 black people in the U.S. 488,070 free African-Americans. Today on November 26, Abraham Lincoln, has been elected as the first president. Congress has passed an act that bars corporate slave owners from re-enslaving runaway slaves. The first all-black military unit was formed in New Orleans. A huge number of blacks are fighting in the civil war. The 54th Massachusetts assaults Fort Wagner but is unsuccessful. Abraham Lincoln has signed the 13th amendment outlawing slavery (Brunner). General William Sherman has issued the Special Field Order No* 15.  Congress has today approved the 14th amendment. They also approved the formation of four all-black regiments to fight in the Spanish War, the Buffalo Soldiers.

1860-1869

The census showed that though the percentage of blacks has reduced their number has grown to 4,888,009. Congress has passed the Civil Rights Act of 1971 (Brunner). The 43rd Congress has seven black members. Congress has enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1875 giving us equal rights in public accommodation and jury duty. The 44th Congress has eight black members, which number reduces to three in the 45th (Wright).

1870-1880

The census of 1880 reveals that the blacks are 13.1% of the population 6,580,793 people (Brunner). Sgt George Jordan has to lead a detachment of the Buffalo Soldiers in a successful defense of Tularosa from Apache Indians. In a case of Strauder v. West Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that we could not be excluded from juries because of our skin color.

Works Cited

Brunner, Borgna. "Key Moments in Black History." 1 February 2017. Fact Monsters. Document. 26 March 2017.

Wright, Loretto D. S. and Wright Metthew. "African American Census Schedules." 4 June 2010. http://www.ancestry.com. Document. 26 March 2017.

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