Frederick Douglass on the disfranchisement of black voters, 1888

A primary source by Frederick Douglass
Resource type: 
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1888
Creator: 
Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass to Robert Adams, December 4, 1888. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)Frederick Douglass, a former slave and premier champion of civil rights for African Americans and women, was the nineteenth century’s most famous black leader.

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Frederick Douglass to Robert Adams, December 4, 1888. (GLC04997)
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Birth of a Nation, 1915

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Blank Advice sheet for The Birth of a Nation, 1915. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)This “Advice Sheet” flyer was distributed with D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation to theaters when the film was released in 1915.

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Blank Advice sheet for The Birth of a Nation, 1915. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)
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Disfranchisement of African American voters in Virginia, 1901

A primary source by Giles Jackson
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1901
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Giles Jackson

Giles B. Jackson to R.C. Burrow, June 22, 1901. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)In February 1901, the Virginia General Assembly authorized a constitutional convention to draft election reforms.

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Lynching in America, ca. 1926

A primary source by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
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NAACP, “For the Good of America” broadside, ca. 1926. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)The number of violent acts against African Americans accelerated during the first quarter of the twentieth century.

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Japanese internment, 1942

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US Army
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This WWII broadside, ditributed in Los Angeles, ordered “all persons of Japanese ancestry” to assemble for transport to detention camps.

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Photograph of an abandoned farm in the Dust Bowl, 1938

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Columbus reports on his first voyage, 1493

A primary source by Christopher Columbus
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Christopher Columbus
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When Columbus arrived back in Spain on March 15, 1493, he immediately wrote a letter announcing his discoveries to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, who had helped finance his trip. The Latin printing of this letter announced the existence of the American continent throughout Europe.

On August 3, 1492, Columbus set sail from Spain to find an all-water route to Asia. On October 12, more than two months later, Columbus landed on an island in the Bahamas that he called San Salvador; the natives called it Guanahani.

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