African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
A More Perfect Union (1968-2013) (#106)
At the height of the Great Depression, a lawyer named Charles Hamilton Houston set out to prove the inequities of Jim... 01:09
Ruby Bridges was the first African American to attend William Frantz Elementary School in 1960 in New Orleans.... 03:03
Racist images in the Jim Crow era were used as propaganda to send messages that demeaned African-Americans and... 02:26
Full Program: From PBS: "Into the Fire" examines the most tumultuous and consequential period in African-American history: the... 02:00
Robert Smalls was enslaved and working on a ship used by the Confederate forces during the Civil War. In a daring... 03:09
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Series Description: 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.
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These episodes of African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.
- A More Perfect Union (1968-2013) (#106)
- Rise! (1940-1968) (#105)
- Making A Way Out of No Way (1897-1940) (#104)
- Into The Fire (1861-1896) (#103)
- The Age of Slavery (1800-1860) (#102)
- The Black Atlantic (1500-1800) (#101)