In the Million Man March, first proposed by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, hundreds of thousands of African American men marched in Washington, DC, to address problems, create awareness, and promote respect for and within black communities.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is an activist women’s rights organization founded in 1966 by Betty Friedan and others. In the 1960s and 1970s, NOW helped lead the feminist movement in its efforts to eliminate sex discrimination and secure reproductive and equal rights for women. As the largest feminist organization in the United States, NOW continues to address issues of equality, race, economy, health, sexuality, and violence against women.
“Did John Brown fail? John Brown began the war that ended American slavery and made this a free Republic.” —Frederick Douglass
The late 1840s and the 1850s were a turbulent and complex time in American history as the country ground inexorably toward civil war. Abolitionist and pro-slavery positions hardened both north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line as events built toward a bloody confrontation. John Brown would be a catalyst that triggered the violent reaction. As he wrote just before his execution: “I...