Rosa’s African-American History Quiz

Welcome to Rosa’s African-American History Quiz. I’m Rosa Harrington, president of Youth Reading To Senior Citizens, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Each month, I will give you a quiz on African-American history to help increase your interest and knowledge in the subject.

1) Can you name Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of state who signed the Emancipation Proclamation?

2) Did the Emancipation Proclamation or any Civil War-era U.S. government law promise newly freed slaves 40 acres of land and a mule?

3) After Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery, what did she do for the people she left behind?

4) Why was Harriet Tubman buried in a military cemetery?

5) How old was Harriet Tubman when she died?

6) Which one of abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass’ parents was white and probably held a position of relative power?

7) Historian Mario de Valdes y Cocom believes that this ancestor of the United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria was of African descent.


Answers (highlight the text to read):
1) William Seward
2) No, although General William T. Sherman issued a special field order in 1865 to confiscate 400,000 acres of land along the Atlantic coasts of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida to be divided for the benefit of approximately 18,000 freed slave families. President Andrew Johnson later revoked the order and returned the land to its previous owners.
3) She returned to help them escape as well.
4) Tubman served the Union Army as a scout, spy, advisor and nurse during the Civil War.
5) No one knows for sure. She died March 10, 1913, but various official records list her year of birth as 1815, 1820, 1822 and 1825.
6) Douglass’ father is believed to have been a white slave owner named Aaron Anthony
7) Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen Victoria’s paternal grandmother


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