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5/2/2002 12:00:00 AM - Slavery Purchased America's Freedom

Slavery Purchased America's Freedom: While the white Americans profit from slave trade, they actually benefited from the slave system to fund the war against England. As one historian put it, Americans actually purchased their freedom with products grown by slaves and then traded to the French during the War of Independence. Before the war, agricultural products such as rice, indigo, and tobacco all produced by enslaved Africans were America's most valuable exports. Without the slave trade and slavery, America would never have been able to generate the wealth to gain its freedom from England, at least in the 1700s. As a member of the British Parliament acknowledged after the war. I know not why we should blush to confess slavery was an essential ingredient of American Independence.
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5/2/1992 12:00:00 AM - Los Angeles begins clean up and rebuilding

Los Angeles begins clean up and rebuilding after the Rodney King riots (58 deaths, 600 fires, 1 billion dollars of property damage)
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5/2/1968 12:00:00 AM - Poor People's March led by Ralph Abernathy

Poor People's March led by Ralph Abernathy begins
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5/2/1963 12:00:00 AM - Protestors Arrested in Birmingham

An established 2,543 African American and white civil rights demonstrators protesting segregation were arrested and jailed in Birmingham, Alabama.
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5/2/1920 12:00:00 AM - First game of the National Negro Baseball League

First game of the National Negro Baseball League is played in Indianapolis
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5/2/1870 12:00:00 AM - Birth of William Seymour

William Seymour was born in Centerville, Louisiana. He is credited as being the inspirational force behind the birth of Pentecostalism in the United States.
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5/2/1845 12:00:00 AM - Macon B. Allen

Macon B. Allen, first African American admitted to the bar in Massachusetts ; the previous year he was admitted to the bar in Maine making him the first licensed African American attorney in the U.S.A.
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5/2/1844 12:00:00 AM - Elijah Mc Coy, master inventor, holder of o

Elijah Mc Coy, master inventor, holder of over 50 patents and source of the phrase "the real Mc Coy" born
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