Pt. I. Becoming African American. Africa, ca. 5000 CE-ca. 1600 CE ; Middle Passage, 1450-1809 ; Black people in colonial North America, 1526-1763 ; Rising expectations : African Americans and the struggle for independence, 1763-1783 ; African Americans in the new nations, 1783-1820 -- Pt. II. Slavery, abolition, and the quest for freedom : the coming of the Civil War, 1793-1861. Life in the Cotton Kingdom, 1793-1861 ; Free black people in antebellum America, 1820-1861 ; Opposition to slavery, 1800-1833 ; Let your motto be resistance, 1833-1850 ; "And black people were at the heart of it" : the United States disunites over slavery, 1846-1861 -- Pt. III. The Civil War, emancipation, and Black reconstruction : the second American Revolution. Liberation : African Americans and the Civil War, 1861-1865 ; The meaning of freedom : the promise of Reconstruction, 1865-1868 ; The meaning of freedom : the failure of Reconstruction, 1868-1877 -- Pt. IV. Searching for safe spaces. White supremacy triumphant : African Americans in the South in the late nineteenth century, 1877-1895 ; African Americans challenge white supremacy, 1877-1918 ; Conciliation, agitation, and migration : African Americans in the early twentieth century, 1895-1928 ; African Americans and the 1920s, 1915-1928 -- Part V. The Great Depression and World War II. Black protests, the Great Depression, and the New Deal, 1929-1941 ; Meanings of freedom : culture and society in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, 1930-1950 ; The World War II era and the seeds of a revolution, 1936-1948 ; The freedom movement, 1954-1965 ; Black nationalism, black power, black arts, 1965-1976 ; African Americans at the dawn of a new millennium, 1980-2010 ; The triumph of black politics : 1980 to the present -- Epilogue : A nation within a nation.
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