Talking about America the beautiful in color



America the beautiful in color

Hi there, are you a child of the 1950’s?  Did you attend the public school system? Did you say the Lord’s prayer, say the pledge of allegiance every morning before the school day began?  If you are one of these children, how do you feel now, fifty years later about "American History"?  I didn’t hear anything about Black Americans inclusivesness untill my last year of high school, and it was for those who came behind me.  To make matters worse what they were teaching was about MLK, Booker T Washington, and the current events of Blacks at that present time.  Not that this was a bad thing, on the contrary, it was good, but our American History started before Booker T. Washington. Few Black people knew or talked about just some of these facts;  James Armistead- a black patriot and spy who helped make possible the 1781 Yorktown victory during the American Revolution that established America as an independet nation, ot Peter Salem – a Black patriot who was a hero of the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill; he also fought as one of the legendary Minutemen and was a solider at the Battles of Sartoga and Stony Point.  A monument was erected to his memory in Massachusetts to commemorate his life and deeds.Few people care or realize that Blacks have fought in every determining war affecting this country.When Blacks fought in these wars, they fought side by side with their white  bretherin.    William Nell, a historian of the time, authored"Services of the Colored Patriots of the American Revolution" in 1852, giving so much information concerning this area of history.   How many know the history of the democratic party and how it has shaped this country as far as Blacks are concerned?  I am giving some insight to the beginnings of the party that so many of us are affliated with . Thomas Jefferson is a founder of the Democratic Party.   By 1850 , most of the founding farthers for the Declaration of Independence were dead and the Democratic Congress passed the 1859 Fugitive Slave Law.  This law was disatrous for Blacks in the North.  In 1854, this same congress passed another law strenghting slavery.  Finally in 1854, a number of anti-slavery Democract, Whigs, Free-soilers and Emancipationist- formed a new party to fight slavery and secure equal civil rightsfor Blacks.  The name of this party is "The Republican Party". One of the founders of this new party was a U.S Senator Charles Sumner, who had taken the seat of Black Dan {Daniel Webster}.  In the summer of 1856, Sumner gave a two day speech against slavery.  After the speech, Democratic Representative Preston Brooks form South Carolina came fro the House, over to the Senate, knocked Sumner unconsciousand beat him almost to death.  According to the Democrats, ending slavery would not only be dangerous but would also ruin the happiness of the people.  The two Parties we have today are not the same parties of then. Today the Republican party is considered racist and the Democrats, the party for blacks.  Would we all have different perspectives if history was taught with inclusiveness?  Aren’t you tired of Black History month?  We are upholding the "Separate but not equal" law as long as we accept this way of learning!

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