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In Black America, Black History Facts

The sum of the fight for freedom has yet to equal equality.  Slave revolts and rebellions were common throughout the history of Negro slavery in the United States.  The most known revolt today is Nat Turner’s insurrection, which took place in Southampton County, Virginia in August 1831, and resulted in the death of fifty-five whites.  After several weeks in hiding, Nat Turner was captured in the murky swamp.  Nat Turner was hanged, together with some of his followers.  Many other Blacks had been killed indiscriminately during the revolt.

Joseph Cinque, an African, together with other slaves, captured the ship Amistad off the coast of Cuba and, after killing the captain, forced two passengers to sail the ship toward Africa.  The two passengers in fact piloted toward the Americas, and eventually a patrol boat off the coast of New England sighted the Amistad and boarded her.  They captured Cinque and his men and attempted to return them to slavery.  In one of the most celebrated cases of the mid-1800’s, John Quincy Adams, former President of the United States, defended the Amistad captives and eventually obtained their freedom.

(In Black America, 1970, Books,Inc.)

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