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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Tuesdays, October 22-November 26, 8pm: Survey the full sweep of African-American history with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

This six-hour series chronicles the full sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through more than four centuries of remarkable historic events up to the present. Presented and written by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the series draws on some of America’s top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources, guiding viewers on an engaging journey across two continents to shed new light on the experience of being African American. Among those interviewed are Kathleen Cleaver, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Congressman John Lewis, civil rights activist Diane Nash and more.

October 22: The Black Atlantic (1500-1800): Explore the global experiences that created the African-American people
October 29:  The Age of Slavery (1800-1860): See how black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution.
November 5: Into the Fire (1861-1896): Survey a tumultuous period in African-American history: Civil War, slavery’s end and Reconstruction.
November 12: Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940): Examine the Jim Crow era, when African Americans struggled within the confines of segregation.
November 19: Rise! (1940-1968): Examine the long road to civil rights, when the contradictions in American society became untenable.
November 26: It's Nation Time (1968-2013): Survey the full sweep of African-American history with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

 

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