18 Facts About African-American


African-American history began in the 16th century, with Africans from West Africa being sold to European slave traders and transported across the Atlantic to the Thirteen Colonies.

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African-American culture had a significant influence on worldwide culture, making numerous contributions to visual arts, literature, the English language, philosophy, politics, cuisine, sports and music.

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African-American recruited slaves for the militia by pledging to free anyone who was seriously wounded and promised to secure a low price for coartacion for those who received lesser wounds.

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African-American received overwhelming support from young and educated Whites, a majority of Asians, and Hispanics, picking up a number of new states in the Democratic electoral column.

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In 2006, the median earnings of African-American men was more than Black and non-Black American women overall, and in all educational levels.

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In 1999, the median income of African-American families was $33, 255 compared to $53, 356 of European Americans.

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The New York Times reported in 2006 that in Queens, New York, the median income among African-American families exceeded that of White families, which the newspaper attributed to the growth in the number of two-parent Black families.

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The African-American vote became even more solidly Democratic when Democratic presidents John F Kennedy and Lyndon B Johnson pushed for civil rights legislation during the 1960s.

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African-American'storically, many African American communities did not seek counseling because religion was a part of the family values.

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Urban One is one of the nation's largest radio broadcasting companies and the largest African-American-owned radio broadcasting company in the United States.

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African-American English is a variety of American English, commonly spoken by urban working-class and largely bi-dialectal middle-class African Americans.

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African-American English evolved during the antebellum period through interaction between speakers of 16th- and 17th-century English of Great Britain and Ireland and various West African languages.

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African-American names are part of the cultural traditions of African Americans.

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African-American music is one of the most pervasive African-American cultural influences in the United States today and is among the most dominant in mainstream popular music.

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African-American-derived musical forms have influenced and been incorporated into virtually every other popular music genre in the world, including country and techno.

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African-American genres are the most important ethnic vernacular tradition in America, as they have developed independent of African traditions from which they arise more so than any other immigrant groups, including Europeans; make up the broadest and longest lasting range of styles in America; and have, historically, been more influential, interculturally, geographically, and economically, than other American vernacular traditions.

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Many African-American authors have written stories, poems, and essays influenced by their experiences as African Americans.

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African-American inventors have created many widely used devices in the world and have contributed to international innovation.

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