In October 1983, senior historians gathered at Purdue University under the auspices of the AHA to share what they had learned about the African American past and to establish what issues still needed to be explored. The conference and the resulting publication (The State of Afro-American History, 1986) provided both a landmark assessment and a helpful guide for moving forward. Now more than 30 years later, a new generation of historians is bringing fresh insights to long-standing questions and answering others only dimly imagined in the 1980s.
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The Long Struggle for Civil Rights and Black Freedom
Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and today will reflect on African American political activism in the last half-century, putting recent struggles in the broader context of black people’s long demand for equality, which began in the holds of slave ships and survived the nadir of segregation and disenfranchisement. Part 1 Part 2