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The Age of Slavery - 1780-1860
Part of the Series: The African Americans
PBS
What made cotton so desirable? In the 1790s Americas oldest crops, like tobacco, were depleting farmland and dropping in value. At the same time, the textile industry in Great Britain was exploding, creating enormous international demand for cotton clothing. Eli…
Into the Fire - 1861-1896
Part of the Series: The African Americans
PBS
Into the Fire examines the most tumultuous and consequential period in African American history: the Civil War and the end of slavery, and Reconstruction's thrilling but tragically brief "moment in the sun." From the beginning, African Americans were agents of…
Move on Up
Part of the Series: Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
PBS
The second hour dramatizes the diverging paths for African Americans and outbursts of white backlash that emerged in the 1970s and early '80s. Gates explores how African Americans found new sources of hope from the creation of hip-hop.
Keep Your Head Up
Part of the Series: Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
PBS
The third hour reveals profound fissures within the country--and within black America--that deepened through the 1980s and '90s, just as African Americans were becoming more visible than ever.
The Black Atlantic - 1500-1800
Part of the Series: The African Americans
PBS
The Black Atlantic explores the truly global experiences that created the African American people. Beginning a full century before the first documented slaves arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived on…
Out of the Shadows
Part of the Series: Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
PBS
The series begins at a turning point in American history: the Selma marches and Watts riots that marked a new phase in the black struggle. Gates explores the rising call for Black Power, redefining American culture, politics, and society.
Touch the Sky
Part of the Series: Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
PBS
The final hour brings the story up to the present day. Gates celebrates how far African Americans have come toward equality and raises hard questions about the obstacles that remain.
Rise! - 1940-1968
Part of the Series: The African Americans
PBS
Rise! examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable. Beginning in World War II, African Americans who helped fight fascism abroad came home to face the same old racial violence. But…
Making a Way Out of No Way - 1897-1940
Part of the Series: The African Americans
PBS
Racist images in the Jim Crow era were used as propaganda to send messages that demeaned African Americans and legitimized violence against them. A visit to the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University in Michigan--home to the largest collection…
The Atlantic Age
Episode 5 of Africa's Great Civilizations
PBS
The series' fifth hour examines the tremendous changes wrought in Africa by the trans-Atlantic slave trade, flowing out of the new era of European exploration in the New World that had begun in 1492 and reached a crucial point in…
Origins
Episode 1 of Africa's Great Civilizations
PBS
Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. introduces viewers to the African continent through a series of expansive views and myth-busting revelations. His six-hour exploration of the African past begins at the origins of human existence. Through anthropological and scientific discoveries viewers…
The Cross and the Crescent
Episode 2 of Africa's Great Civilizations
PBS
The second hour of "Africa's Great Civilizations" charts the emergence of two powerful forces of global change, Islam and Christianity. Viewers will learn how pervasively "the Cross and the Crescent" reshaped the landscape and people of Africa between the first…
A More Perfect Union - 1968–2013
Part of the Series: The African Americans
PBS
After 1968, African Americans set out to build a bright new future on the foundation of the civil rights movement's victories, but a growing class disparity threatened to split the black community in two. As hundreds of African Americans won…
Samuel L. Jackson/Condoleezza Rice/Ruth Simmons
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
PBS
The ancestral pasts of Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice, and Ruth Simmons.
Cities
Episode 4 of Africa's Great Civilizations
PBS
Hour four shines a light on the powerful, cosmopolitan cities that dotted Africa at a time when Europe was in its Middle Ages. From 1000 to 1600, a golden age evolves in the expansion of commerce, wealth and prosperity across…
Empires of Gold
Episode 3 of Africa's Great Civilizations
PBS
The third hour in the series marks an era of great commercial and manufacturing growth throughout several regions on the continent. It begins with the revolutionary transformation of North and West Africa. On the shores of the Sahara Desert, farmers,…
Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations
Episode 6 of Africa's Great Civilizations
PBS
Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. introduces viewers to the African continent through a series of expansive views and myth-busting revelations. His six-hour exploration of the African past begins at the origins of human existence. Through anthropological and scientific discoveries viewers…
Maggie Gyllenhaal/Robert Downey, Jr.
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
PBS
A look at the ancestral pasts of actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Cory Booker/John Lewis
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
PBS
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines the ancestry pasts of two remarkable politicians, Congressman John Lewis and Newark Mayor, Cory Booker.
John Legend/Wanda Sykes/Margarett Cooper
Part of the Series: Finding Your Roots
PBS
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the ancestral pasts of John Legend and Wanda Sykes.