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African American

African Americans (also referred to as Black Americans or Afro-Americans , and formerly as American Negroes ) are citizens or residents of the United States who have origins in any of the [black] populations of Africa. In the United States, the terms are generally used for Americans with at least partial [Sub-Saharan Africa] n ancestry.

Most African Americans are the direct descendants of captive Africans who survived the [slavery era] within the boundaries of the present United States, although some are—or are descended from—immigrants from African, Caribbean, Central American or South American nations. As an adjective, the term is usually spelled . ["African American" in the American Heritage Dictionary]

African American history starts in the 17th century with indentured servitude in the [American colonies] and progresses onto the election of an African American as the 44th and current [President of the United States] – [Barack Obama] . Between those landmarks there were other events and issues, both resolved and ongoing, that were faced by African Americans. Some of these were: slavery, [reconstruction] , development of the [African-American community] , participation in the great [military conflicts of the United States] , [racial segregation] , and the [Civil Rights Movement] .

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