This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to today—when America has a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.Visit The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Website
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From the Black Power movement to the first black president of the United States.
The long road to civil rights is examined in episode five.
Examine the Jim Crow era when African Americans struggled in the confines of segregation.
The Civil War, the end of slavery and Reconstruction's impact on African American history.
Explore the global experiences that created the African-American people.
See how black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution.
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Black is Beautiful was the message sent by films, products and Soul Train.
Rep. John Lewis, journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Julian Bond, former NAACP Chairman.
At age six, Ruby Bridges was the sole black child to desegregate her school.
Racist images were used as propaganda to demean African-Americans and legitimize violence.
The future South Carolina Representative to Congress made a daring escape from slavery.
Many stakeholders benefited from the cotton economy that fueled slavery's expansion.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discusses two of the earliest Africans to arrive in North America.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. learns about Priscilla, a slave on a South Carolina plantation.
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Premieres Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.
Premieres Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.
Premieres Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.
Premieres Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.
Black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution.
The first Africans in America and the beginning of plantation slavery in the South.
Premieres Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.
A six-part series on African-American history, by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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