The history of africans in america starts with slavery. One day in 1619 some british and dutch pirates stopped a portuguese ship on the Atlantic ocean. The ship was taking slaves from angola in south-west Africa to veracruz in Mexico. The pirates decided to take the slaves to north america. The pirates went to jamestown, virginia and sold the slaves for food.
Since that day, African-americans have fought to be equal with withe people in america.
1620: White people bought and sold the first black africans slaves in north america.
1641: America made laws about keeping slaves. The children of slave mothers always became slaves themselves, even slaves with white fathers.
1807: The goverment made a new law: It was against the law to bring slaves into america.
1861 -1865: The american civil war was about slavery. Abraham lincoln was president and he led the northen states (the union). They wanted to end slavery. The southern states still wanted to use slaves. This was the worst war in american history- 650.000 americans died. The union army won. More than 4 millionnslaves became free.
1865-1868 slavery ended.
1890 slavery was against the law in the south. But new laws didn´t changepeople´s ideas. The southern states made new laws. Blacks and whites had different buses, schools, shops and woorked places. This was called «segregation» This was the next problem for black people,