African Americans

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African AmericansOpportunities in the American FrontierMisty Granger11/25/2014There has always been an African American presence in the American Frontier. AfricanAmericans were there in the early years of exploration, through the conflicts over slavery, on thecattle drives, and in the black frontier regiments. They were part of the pioneer settlement, and inthe 1900s they moved to new urban frontiers in Plains cities. African Americans were victimizedon the American Frontier, for example in the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 (Aieta, 1968). But AfricanAmericans have also had some great triumphs, such as the victory in Brown v. The Board ofEducation of Topeka (Ellison, 2011), which set in process the desegregation of schools. AfricanAmericans' heroes have been Malcolm X, Gordon Parks, and Charlie Parker, just a few nameswhich can be recognized from history. These were major opportunities that the AfricanAmericans faced during the last half of the 1800s. In order to better understand the opportunitiesAfrican Americans had in the American Frontier we must first discuss a little history of theAfrican American presence in the American Frontier. After that we will be able to understandwhy African Americans had these opportunities.African Americans were not a major presence in the American Frontier until after the endof Reconstruction in 1877. That does not mean they didnt play a significant role in the earlyhistory of the region. In the 1530s Esteban (Estevanico) (

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