The first commercial tobacco crop is raised in Jamestown, Virginia.
The first African slaves arrive in Virginia
The Dutch West India Company imports 11 black male slaves into the New Netherlands.
Independence, Slavery and Civil War
1800 - 1860
Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated as the sixteenth president of the United States in Washington, DC.
Civil War breaks out
1861 - 1864
U.S. president Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation went into effect
Slavery ended with the 13th amendment
A Virginia law made it illegal for black and white children to attend the same schools.
Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which prohibited discrimination in public accommodations, including inns, theaters, public conveyances on land or water, and "other places of public amuse