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African Immigration Project
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Africans were brought to what eventually was the U.S as slaves. Slavery in America began when the first African slaves were brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, to aid in the production of such lucrative crops as tobacco.
And most aren't aware that slavery in this country didn't officially end until Dec. 6, 1865, the day the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. It didn't end on Jan. 1, 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation.
In the late 1800s, many Africans decided to leave their homes and immigrate to the United States. Fleeing crop failure, land and job shortages, rising taxes, and famine, many came to the U. S. because it was perceived as the land of economic opportunity.
Black or African American alone is 13.3% of the United States - July 1, 2016
The Literacy Test was passed to limit African Americans from voting. This further reinforces the blatant discrimination in this time period.
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