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Preface -- Leaving but not by choice : the first slaves arrive in the New World but many must choose sides when the Patriots and the Redcoats start fighting -- Old ways in a new nation : it might be a new country but for most African-Americans, nothing has changed -- The fight for freedom : the conflict between individual rights vs. states' rights! -- The time of change : emancipation brings new beginnings and expectations -- Becoming part of the solution : as time goes by, the spotlight begins to shine brighter on African-Americans -- Success of the struggle : from boycotts on the job to marches to the White House, the strides of victory are marked by triumph and tragedy -- Top of the lists : the achievements of African-Americans from the battlefields to space : many of whom are never heard of or mentioned!