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African Americans, one of the largest of the many ethnic groups in the United States, are largely the descendants of slaves.

Most African Americans today are descended from various ethnic groups, mostly from western and central Africa where they were captured in African wars or raids and transported in the Atlantic slave trade. Though they came with varied customs, religious beliefs, and language, European standards and ideals were forced upon them once they arrived in America.
Slavery ended after the Civil War but it would be more than a century before African Americans would begin to be treated equally.

Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation

Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation

African American Heroes, 1881

African American Heroes, 1881

African American Soldier between 1860-70

African American Soldier between 1860-70

African Americans Shooting Dice

African Americans Shooting Dice

African-American Soldiers

African-American  Soldiers

American Slavery, 1841

American Slavery, 1841

Arkansas - Old Aunt Julia Ann Jackson

Arkansas - Old Aunt Julia Ann Jackson

Atlanta, GA - Slave Market, 1864

Atlanta, GA - Slave Market, 1864

Austin, TX - Mural - Enhanced

Austin, TX - Mural - Enhanced

Austin, TX - Mural - Enhanced - 2

Austin, TX - Mural - Enhanced - 2

Beaumont, TX - Adline White, an Ex-Slave

Beaumont, TX - Adline White, an Ex-Slave

Bell Grade, FL - Juke Joint, 1941

Bell Grade, FL - Juke Joint, 1941

Buffalo Soldiers, 1890

Buffalo Soldiers, 1890

Cllinton, TN - School Integration, 1956

Cllinton, TN - School Integration, 1956

Color guard at Fort Belvoir, VA about 1941.

Color guard at Fort Belvoir, VA about 1941.

Conquered Banner

Conquered Banner

Cotton Gin

Cotton Gin

Dickerson, MD - Former slave house

Dickerson, MD - Former slave house

Dred Scott

Dred Scott

Durham, NC - Colored Waiting Area at Bus Station

Durham, NC - Colored Waiting Area at Bus Station