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History Timeline


  • 25000BC-999: Dynasties begin to assert their power throughout Africa

  • 1000-1499: Rise of the Mali Empire and other African kingdoms

  • 1500-1599: Slavery established in the New World

  • 1600-1699: Growth of Atlantic slave trade

  • 1700-1799: Abolitionist movement emerges

  • 1800-1809: Great Britain abolishes slave trade

  • 1810-1819: American Colonization Society formed

  • 1820-1829: Colony for free blacks founded in Liberia

  • 1830-1839: Slavery abolished in British Empire

  • 1840-1849: Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth become active in abolition movement

  • 1850-1859: Sectional controversy over slavery in the United States

  • 1860-1869: Civil War and abolition of slavery in the United States

  • 1870-1879: End of Reconstruction in the United States

  • 1880-1889: European powers begin the 'Scramble for Africa'

  • 1890-1899: Plessy v. Ferguson ruling upholds segregation

  • 1900-1909: Black intellectuals form Niagara Movement

  • 1910-1919: First World War and Great Migration to northern cities

  • 1920-1929: Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age

  • 1930-1939: Nation of Islam founded and the end of the Harlem Renaissance

  • 1940-1949: Second World War

  • 1950-1959: School segregation ruled illegal and early campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement

  • 1960-1969: Civil Rights Movement

  • 1970-1979: Most African countries now independent

  • 1980-1989: Birth of hip-hop

  • 1990-1999: First multiracial elections in South Africa

  • 2000-Now: War on terror

Source: Schomburg Center for Black Studies


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