The history of black people in North America goes back at least as far as the mid-1500s AD. The notion of civil rights for black Americans only dates to 1868 when the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution granted citizenship to African Americans. The best known period of campaigning for civil rights for black Americans began in the AD 1950s and issues that arose from that campaign are an important aspect of American politics to the present day. Every president represented in this selection of campaign badges had to engage in some way with the interests of black Americans.
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