The African Americans
Many Rivers to Cross

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The African Americans - Many Rivers to Cross
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The Black Atlantic - 1500-1800
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 Age of Slavery - 1780-1860
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…
Into the Fire - 1861-1896
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…
Making a Way Out of No Way - 1897-1940
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…
Rise! - 1940-1968
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…
A More Perfect Union - 1968–2013
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…

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The Black Atlantic - 1500-1800
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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 the North American shores. Soon afterwards, the Trans-Atlantic slave trade…
A More Perfect Union - 1968–2013
Part of the Series: The African Americans
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 political office across the country and the black middle class…
Making a Way Out of No Way - 1897-1940
Part of the Series: The African Americans
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 of racist memorabilia in the country--reveals racist memorabilia and messages…
Into the Fire - 1861-1896
Part of the Series: The African Americans
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 their own liberation, forcing the Union to confront the issue…
Rise! - 1940-1968
Part of the Series: The African Americans
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 this time, mass media -- from print to radio and…
The Age of Slavery - 1780-1860
Part of the Series: The African Americans
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 Whitney's invention of the cotton gin, which easily separated cotton…
America by the Numbers - America's Rapidly Changing Demographics
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Explore America's changing demographics and the stories behind them. America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa reveals how dramatic demographic changes are playing out in our country today. This is the first national series to explore the impact of the new American mainstream--the growing numbers of Asians, Latinos, African Americans,…
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Freedom Riders
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America After Charleston
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