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The Struggle for Freedom

The History of African Americans in Western Massachusetts

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This is the story of the African American community of Western Massachusetts from the earliest days of colonial rule and slavery to the election of the nation's first African American president. Follow us through this struggle, the community's participation in wars from the Revolution and the Civil War to Vietnam and Afghanistan. Help celebrate our connections to W.E.B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass and John Brown. Discover the Underground Railroad and the many stories that make up this Republican Heritage Series book.

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11 x 8.5 (in.)

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    "Students in Road" demonstration at Springfield College on May 15, 1969.

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    City of Hope moderator Denise R. Jordan, left, greets keynote speaker Bill Coasby during the City of Hope summit at Western New England College on May 6, 2006.

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    Civil rights leaders approach Hancock St. on Monroe St. at the start of their 860-member, 1.5-mile march from DeBerry School playground to Court Square, Aug. 22, 1965.

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    Protesting at the welfare department, Oct. 1969. Youth pelted riders with bottles and rocks when they attempted to retrieve their motorcycle near Winchester Square.

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    Helen Ireland, mother of Justice Roderick Ireland, from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, speaks on his behalf during a ceremony held at Springfield City Hall to start Black History Month in 2009.

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    Roland G. Peters of Springfield holds one of several citations he received for suggestions that improved operations at the Springfield Armory. Peters is shown at work in the 1960s inspecting a rifle barrel.

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    Marchers Take Over Role of Listeners, Aug. 22, 1965. This picture shows the center of the group standing before the speakers' platform at Court Square after participating in the march down State St. to the square.