Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952453 | Print ISBN: 9780761930297 | Online ISBN: 9781412952453| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
William E. Kelly
The quest for equality among African Americans has always been difficult, and some may argue with good reason that our present-day society has much further to go in reaching a semblance of equity for this minority group in American society. A casual perusal of economic, social, and political situations in the United States makes this quite evident. African Americans are unique in a number of ways. Their skin color distinguishes them from other citizens, and their history is distinct in that most of their ancestors were brought to America against their will under a legalized system of slavery. How many can say the same about their heritage as it relates to the United States? The institution of slavery to which African Americans were subjected lasted from their arrival to the end of the Civil War. Even after the conclusion of the war between the states, the conditions of African Americans ...