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The 1862 Binghamton Race Riot

For a few hours on the night of October 7, 1862 in the village of Binghamton, N.Y., law and order vaporized when a mob of white men attacked black residents, their homes, and their churches. The trigger for this race…

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Frederick Douglass On The Stump In Jefferson County

“The Republican Party is the ship, all else is the sea.” This famous statement by Frederick Douglass was more than a casual observation. Douglass was a Republican in a time before the realignment of American political parties. After the American Civil…

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Black Citizens Celebrate Battle of Fort Wagner

“The forty-ninth anniversary of the battle of Fort Wagner will be celebrated by the colored citizens tomorrow.”  This was the announcement in The Auburn (New York) Citizen on July 17, 1912, although the newspaper did not have to remind many readers of…

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