The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

November 2013

A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)

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After 1968, African Americans set out to build a bright future on the foundation of the civil rights movement’s victories, but a growing class disparity threatened to split the black community. As African Americans won political office across the country and the black middle class made progress, larger economic and political forces isolated the black urban poor.

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From Black Power to a black president, a look at African American lives after the landmark court case victories.

Rise! (1940-1968)

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“Rise!” examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable. African Americans who fought fascism in World War II came home to face the same old racial violence. But mass media — from print to radio and TV — broadcast that injustice, planting seeds of resistance.

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Examine the long road to civil rights, when the contradictions in American society became untenable.

Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)

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During the Jim Crow era, African Americans struggled to build their own worlds within the confines of segregation. At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African Americans migrated away from the South, fleeing racial violence and searching for better opportunities in the North and the West. At the same time, there was an ascendance of arts and culture, such as The Harlem Renaissance.

Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940) - Preview

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During the Jim Crow era, African Americans struggled to build their own worlds within the harsh confines of segregation. At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African Americans left the South, fleeing racial violence and searching for better opportunities in the North and the West. At the same time, there was an ascendance of black arts and culture, such as The Harlem Renaissance.

Into the Fire (1861-1896)

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Into the Fire (1861-1896) of the TV-show The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross was broadcast by PBS on Tuesday 5 November 2013 at 10:56AM.

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Survey a tumultuous period in African-American history: Civil War, slavery’s end and Reconstruction.
October 2013

Trailer

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Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking six-part series premiering October 22, 2013. Written and presented by Professor Gates, the series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, politic strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed.

The Black Atlantic

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“The Black Atlantic” explores the global experiences that created the African-American people. Beginning a century before the first documented “20-and-odd” slaves came to Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, slave and free, who arrived on these shores. The transatlantic slave trade soon became a vast empire connecting three continents.
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