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African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through five centuries of historic events right up to present day -- when America has a black President, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race. It explores the origins of the people from Africa whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives that African Americans have developed against unimaginable odds. All of these elements define black culture and society in its extraordinarily rich and compelling diversity from slavery to freedom, from the plantation to the White House. Hosted by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and drawing on some of America's top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources, the series guides viewers on a journey across 500 years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American.

Latest Episodes

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From the Black Power movement to the first black president of the United States.

Air date:
Tue, 11/26/2013 - 12:00
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The long road to civil rights is examined in episode five.

Air date:
Tue, 11/19/2013 - 12:00
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Examine the Jim Crow era when African Americans struggled in the confines of segregation.

Air date:
Tue, 11/12/2013 - 12:00
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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 of slavery by fleeing the plantations and taking up arms to serve with honor in the United States Colored Troops.

Air date:
Tue, 11/05/2013 - 12:00
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See how black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution.

Air date:
Tue, 10/29/2013 - 12:00
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Explore the global experiences that created the African-American people.

Air date:
Tue, 10/22/2013 - 12:00
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