The History of the US Flag in Black America

1776 flag

1776-1777

Articles of Confederation establishes rights for “free citizens.”

1777-1794

1777-1794

The first Fugitive Slave Act is passed

1795-1818

1795-1818

Slaveowner, Francis Scott Key writes The Star-Spangled Banner. He believed blacks to be “a distinct and inferior race” and “the greatest evil that afflicts a community.” The third verse celebrates the death of slaves.

1818-1819

1818-1819

Slaves complete reconstruction of White House

1819-1820

1819-1820

The House of Representatives agrees to the Talmadge Agreement barring slaves from Missouri, this led to the Missouri Compromise admitting them.

 

1820-1822

1820-1822

The Missouri Compromise allowed Missouri to enter the Union as a Slave state.

1822-1836

1822-1836

At Monticello, VA. 130 former slaves and other possessions of Thomas Jefferson were sold at auction.

1837-1845

1836-1845

In Cincinnati, OH, rioters attack blacks and white abolitionists for fear blacks would take their jobs.

1845-1846

1845-1846

Texas enters the Union as a slave state

1846-1847

1846-1847

Missouri allows Interstate trading of black people

1847-1848

1847-1848

The State of Missouri prohibits freed slaves from receiving an education.

1848-1951

1848-1851

Congress passes another Fugitive Slave Act mandating government participation in recapturing escaped slaves.

1851-1858

1851-1858

Under this flag, the Supreme Court overturned the Missouri Compromise and opened up slavery to all the territories.

1858-1859

1858-1859

The Supreme Court in the Dred Scott Case ruled a black man had no rights.

1859-1861

1859-1861

The last slave ship arrives in Mobile Bay, Alabama

1861-1863

1861-1863

New York City draft riots, hundreds of blacks wounded or killed.

1863-1865

1863-1865

Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest orders the massacre of mostly Negro Union troops attempting to surrender, (Hands Up). A 25-foot statue, visible from Interstate-65, exists today on private property in Nashville, TN.

1865-1867

1865-1867

The “black codes” are passed in all Southern legislatures in the former Confederate States. Slavery by another name.

1867-1877

1867-1877

Reconstruction ends when the Federal Government withdraws all Federal troops from the South under a compromise over the Presidential election. It Made Southern Legislatures White Again.

1877-1890

1877-1890

Jim Crow becomes the law of the land in the South

 

1890-1891

1890-1891

Eighty-five black Americans were known to have been lynched in 1890

1891-1896

1891-1896

The Supreme Court legalizes “Separate but Equal” giving rise to Jim Crow

1896-1908

1896-1908

Eight blacks were killed by whites in Wilmington, NC

1908-1912

1908-1912

Major cities implement legalized segregation specifying black and white neighborhoods. These include Baltimore, Dallas, Greensboro, Louisville, Richmond, Roanoke, and St. Louis.

 

1921 US Flag

1912-1959

Oklahoma National Guard troops bombed Black Wall Street in Tulsa, OK

1959-1960

1959-1960

Three days before his trial, Mack Charles Parker is beaten to death in his jail cell for allegedly raping a white woman.

1960-Present

1960-Present

Donald Trump is elected President and appoints Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

Author: enigmainblackcom

William Spivey is a regular contributor to the Inner-City News where he writes about politics and popular culture. He also blogs as “Enigma in Black” where he explores poetry, religion, politics and all manner of things socially relevant. He is also a contributing Blogger at Together We Stand He is the founder of the Facebook pages Average Citizen Forum, Enigma in Black, and “Strong Beginnings,” the title of his soon to be released Political Fiction/Romance novel. William was the winner of a University-wide Essay Contest while at Fisk University titled, “The Value of a Liberal Arts Education. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Fisk and resides in Orlando, FL. His goal is to make his voice heard and make a difference.

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