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Antislavery Movement

Antislavery Movement  

Frederick Douglass was perhaps the perfect embodiment of the American antislavery movement. As a young slave on a large Maryland plantation, he rebelled both physically and psychologically against ...
Black Abolitionists

Black Abolitionists  

Historians acknowledge the existence of “two abolitionisms” in the antebellum United States—one black, one white. Although black and white abolitionists shared similar views about the moral evil of ...
blues

blues  

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Slow jazz song of lamentation, generally for an unhappy love affair. Usually in groups of 12 bars, instead of 8 or 16, each stanza being 3 lines covering 4 bars of music. Tonality predominantly ...
Canada

Canada  

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An increasingly multicultural population largely free from racial tensionCanada is, after Russia, the world's second largest country, though much is barren and sparsely populated. The more remote ...
Coleman Young

Coleman Young  

(b. 24 May 1918; d. 29 November 1997),mayor of Detroit. Coleman Alexander Young was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and raised in Detroit. He became an autoworker for the Ford ...
Forrester Washington

Forrester Washington  

(b. c. 1888; d. 28 August 1963),educator and activist. Forrester B. Washington was born in about 1888 in Salem, Massachusetts. He attended many universities, including Columbia University, the ...
French Settlements in North America.

French Settlements in North America.  

Because official French interest in North America began with the desire to find the fabled Northwest Passage to the riches of Asia, the crown lost interest in North America for ...
Gari Melchers

Gari Melchers  

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(1860–1932).Painter. Known for portraits, figure studies, and genre scenes, he also painted religious subjects, as well as murals attuned to the prevailing taste for ideal themes. Versatile and ...
George Rogers Clark

George Rogers Clark  

(1752–1818),Virginia soldier, served under Lord Dunmore against the Ohio Indians, was a surveyor for the Ohio Company, and helped secure his colony's sovereignty over Kentucky and Ohio. During the ...
Gordy, Berry, Jr

Gordy, Berry, Jr  

(1929–)Berry Gordy Jr was born on 28 November 1929 in Detroit, Michigan. Born and raised in a ghetto area of Detroit, Gordy tried his hand at professional boxing before ...
Gospel Music

Gospel Music  

It has been said that “Gospel compositions come to life at the hands of the performers.” The term “gospel,” meaning a musical genre, was first used in reference to late-nineteenth-century ...
Great Lakes

Great Lakes  

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The five connected lakes along the border of the USA and Canada which make up the world's largest body of freshwater. They are Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron.
Henry Ford

Henry Ford  

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(1863–1947)US motor manufacturer. He was a pioneer of mass production and had a profound influence on the widespread use of motor vehicles. In 1909 Ford produced his famous Model T, of which 15 ...
industrialization

industrialization  

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The process of change from a basic agrarian economy to an industrialized one. It was first experienced by Britain in the Industrial Revolution and at much the same time in the New England states of ...
Mayors

Mayors  

Taking her place as mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, one of the largest cities in the United States, Shirley Clark Franklin said, “I proudly represent all of the women who have ...
Michigan

Michigan  

In 1932, when Diego Rivera arrived in Detroit to begin painting his now famous mural at the behest of the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the eastern “thumb” region of ...
motor industry

motor industry  

Manufacturing in Britain began during the 1890s in small workshops often in association with bicycle production. Business grew rapidly so that by 1913 British firms produced annually 34,000 vehicles. ...
motor vehicle

motor vehicle  

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For the purposes of the Road Traffic Acts, any mechanically propelled vehicle intended or adapted for use on the roads. This includes motor cars (vehicles of not more than 3050 kilograms in unladen ...
Motown

Motown  

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Music released on or reminiscent of the US record label Tamla Motown, the first black-owned record company in the US, founded in Detroit in 1959 (the name comes from a shortening of Motor Town). ...
Nation of Islam

Nation of Islam  

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Heterodox black religious movement in America, based on black nationalism. More than 90 percent of converts are African-Americans. The Nation of Islam was founded in 1930 by Wallace D. Fard. Elijah ...

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