To understand what the civil rights movement and King’s contribution to the nation, it is important to understand the history of African Americans in the U.S. The first slave ship landed in the American colonies in 1619. For the next 200 years, the number of slaves in the colonies grew. In 1808, Congress passed a law that made buying and selling slaves that came from outside the United States illegal, but that did not end slavery (10).
Slavery did not completely diminish because they only stopped the influx of slaves outside of the United States but the slaves who were already i...
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