Africa's Great Civilizations

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Africa's Great Civilizations
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6 episodes in this series

Episode 1 Origins
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…
Episode 2 The Cross and the Crescent
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"…
Episode 3 Empires of Gold
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…
Episode 4 Cities
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…
Episode 5 The Atlantic Age
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…
Episode 6 Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations
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…

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Origins
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