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Describe in detail one event in African American history BEFORE 1877 that had a profound effect on African Americans and history.

Even though this is your opinion on what had profound impact you will still need to give details and descriptions with source citations

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Describe in detail one event in African American history BEFORE 1877 that had a profound effect on African Americans and history.

The event that I will describe is the creation, maintaining, and usage of The Underground Railroad. This event, which lasted from approximately 1810-1850 witnessed the freeing of over 100,000 slaves according to some estimates. The escape from evil in the south perpetrated by heartless and soulless southerners to the North as well as Canada helped to change the lives of many African Americans. The fact that this ...

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