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Slavery Through The Ages

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Blacks have been an important part of New York City's population from the very beginning tracing back to the colonial days. In fact, many of early Manhattan's structures were built with slave labor as was the wall that gave Wall Street its name. This part of our Wiki guides visitors through time, chronicling the Black experience of Slavery under the Dutch, British, and American governments. We also trace the process of emancipation in the City, look at how Blacks and immigrants interacted, describe New York's infamous draft riots of 1863, expose Manhattan's 19th century color line, chronicle the Great (Black) Migration to the north, and much, much more.

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Colonial America:1624-1776

Post American Revolutionary Era:1776-1880s

A Changing Nation:1890s-present

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