Welcome to African American History!

This project documents a selection of important events in African American history, beginning with the Dred Scott case in 1857 and ending with the implementation of school desegregation plans in the 1970s. The text is entirely original, culled from various school projects and papers that I wrote between 1995 and 1997. It is by no means complete -- there are some major gaps -- but I am providing it to the Internet community in hopes that future students will not have as much difficulty locating information about African American history as I did when I researched my projects. For more information about the past (and the future) of this project, please see this history. The latest additions and changes can be found on the What's New page.

You can navigate this project in two ways. You can start at the beginning and move through sequentially, using the "Previous topic" and "Next topic" links on each page. Alternatively, you can move directly to a topic that interests you, either by finding it in the Table of Contents or by searching for it. Help with navigating the project is also available.

This project is split into 5 sections:

  1. The Dred Scott Case (1857)
  2. After the Civil War (1865-1900)
  3. Early Civil Rights Struggles (1945-1955)
  4. The Civil Rights Movement (1955-1965)
  5. School Integration (1955-1975)

You can also view the complete bibliography for the project.

Copyright © 1998 Lisa Cozzens (lisa@www.watson.org ). Please read this before you email me!
URL for this page: http://www.watson.org/~lisa/blackhistory/index.html
Last modified: Tue May 11, 1999