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Slavery by Another Name
PBS
Slavery by Another Name, narrated by Laurence Fishburne, is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of Americans' most cherished assumptions: that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to…
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…
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…
The Downward Spiral
Episode 1 of Slavery and the Making of America
PBS
In the 1620s, there were no limitations imposed on slaves. But by the early 18th century, the expanding slave trade caused many colonies to adopt strict "black codes," transforming the social system into one of legal racial oppression.
Whose History? - The Reckoning over Confederate Monuments and the Racial Terror of Lynching
Episode 4 of America Divided Season Two
Jussie Smollett travels to Memphis, Tennessee to witness the growing movement to bring down Confederate monuments and commemorate the deaths of thousands of African-Americans lynched during decades of racial terror. On his journey, Jussie meets the brother of a lynching…
Servant or Slave - The Secret History of Slavery in Australia
Bringing to light the heartbreaking experiences of the Wenberg sisters - Adelaide, Valerie (Linow) and Rita, SERVENT OR SLAVES celebrates their fortitude in pursuing justice for the crimes committed against them. Their firsthand accounts of officially sanctioned enslavement reveal the…
Yurumein (Homeland) - The Caribs / Garifuna of St. Vincent in the Caribbean
An untold history of the indigenous Caribs on St. Vincent: their near extermination and exile by the British 200 years ago; and return of some in the Diaspora to reconnect with those left behind. A postcolonial story of re-identification. The…
Liberty in the Air
Episode 2 of Slavery and the Making of America
PBS
From the 1740s to the 1830s, slavery continued to support economic development, but the Revolutionary War revealed the contradictions of a nation seeking independence while denying freedom to its black citizens.
Legacy of Shame - The Life of U.S. Migrant Workers
Dan Rather and Randall Pinkston explore the reality of life for U.S. migrant workers, examining how major legal changes have helped -- and hurt -- these members of the workforce. Inspired by the 1960 CBS Reports "Harvest of Shame" "Legacy…
Seeds of Destruction
Episode 3 of Slavery and the Making of America
PBS
As the North adopted laws to abolish slavery, the South saw its greatest expansion of slavery. The abolitionist movement began to gather strength, contributing to the widening fissure and imminent break-up of the nation.
The Challenge of Freedom
Episode 4 of Slavery and the Making of America
PBS
The complexities of the Civil War and Reconstruction are chronicled through the experience of slave Robert Smalls. The rise of militant groups and new segregation laws show that slavery's eradication had not ended black oppression.
Modern Day Slaves
The film depicts the story of Filipino Overseas Workers who leave their home country to find work in another country. Many of them work as domestic helpers and are known to be called Modern Day Slaves . They earn a…
The Storm Makers
More than half a million Cambodians work abroad, and a staggering number of those become slaves. Many are young women, held prisoner and forced to work in horrific conditions, sometimes as prostitutes. A chilling expose of Cambodia's human trafficking underworld,…
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Slavery and the Making of America
PBS
A documentary series on the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies through the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction. Narrated by Oscar -winner Morgan Freeman, SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA examines the integral role slavery…
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