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African Americans have historically resisted racial oppression and terror in the United States. This guide takes a look at Black resistance historically.

Black Resistance

Resistance to all forms of racial oppression have occurred for centuries throughout the African Diaspora. Insurrections and Rebellions occurred North America during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The 20th and 21st centuries saw was the rise of resistance in the form of civil and human rights.

There is documented evidence of more than 250 uprisings or attempted uprisings  involving African slaves. Historian Herbert Aptheker shed more light on slave rebellions in the South through his scholarship in the 1940s. Three of the best known rebellions included Gabriel's Rebellion (1800), Denmark Vesey's Rebellion (1822) and Nat Turner's Rebellion (1831).

Black people have fought all forms of violence and oppression through insurrections, protests, community education, emigration, nonviolence, and political legislation. Resistance has also came in the form of music through gospel,  jazz, rhythm & blues, and hip-hop. This libguide highlights different forms of resistance throughout the African Diaspora.



American Reckoning: Black Resistance (Excerpt) | Retro Report

American Reckoning: Black Resistance (Excerpt) | Retro Report

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