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By Maria Fleming

Inspiring and precise, a spot on the desk chronicles the lives of yankee freedom opponents whose tales are little-known, yet whose efforts have cleared the path for equality and justice within the face of utmost prejudice. Unsung heroes and their courageous deeds, similar to condo slave Elizabeth Freeman's momentous court docket conflict profitable her freedom, suffragette Sara Bard Field's cross-country trip for women's rights, and Nisqually Indian Billy Frank Jr.'s struggle for local American land rights, toppled boundaries in schooling, vote casting, employment, housing, and different parts of discrimination. A rousing background of yank champions of justice, a spot on the desk is stuffed with women and men who, while advised by way of society to "stay of their place," insisted that "their position" was once on the American desk as full-fledged individuals in democracy.

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As one Mississippi newspaper declared, "We must keep women of color. For two centuries, they had been the ex-slave in a position of inferiority. " struggling to break the chains of slavery and stand on equal footing with white Americans. Slavery was Another formidable obstacle stood in the path of blacks seeking political and social equality: the Ku finally dead, and the federal government had acknowledged African AmeriKlux Klan. Ex-Confederate soldiers and planters formed cans' civil and political rights.

Tecumseh, Osceola, Sitting Bull, Geronimo and Chief Joseph are just a few of the Native resistance leaders who fought to hold onto their ancestral homes and their cultures during the European American land grab of the i8th and iqth centuries. But outnumbered and outgunned, Native Americans stood little chance against the surging white population. S. govern- by ment would seize two billion acres of their territories. In the late iSoos, however, a small hand of American Indians, determined to heep their homeland, brought their case to the federal courts.

They do not pay for all my horses and cattle. Good words wilt not give me back my children.... Good words will not give my people good health and stop them from dying. Good words will not get my people a home where they can live in peace and take care of themselves. I am tired of talk that comes to nothing.... If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace. There need be no trouble. Treat all men alike. Give them all the same 52 & A Place at the Table 99 law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow, All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief.

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