The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

The history of African-Americans, beginning in the 1500s; and covering the expansion of slavery during the 18th century; the Jim Crow era; the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and '60s; and the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama.

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A More Perfect Union (1968 - 2013) Season 1, Episode 6 Nov 26, 2013 Subscription

From PBS: 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.

Rise! (1940-1968) Season 1, Episode 5 Nov 19, 2013 Subscription

From PBS: "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.

Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940) Season 1, Episode 4 Nov 12, 2013 Subscription

From PBS: "Making a Way Out of No Way" portrays the Jim Crow era, when African Americans struggled to build their own worlds within the harsh, narrow confines of segregation.

Into the Fire (1861-1896) Season 1, Episode 3 Nov 5, 2013 Subscription

From PBS: "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 brief "moment in the sun."

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Into the Fire (1861-1896)
00:30 — Into the Fire (1861-1896)
A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)
00:30 — A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)
The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)
00:30 — The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)
Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940); Rise! (1940-1968); A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)
00:30 — Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940); Rise! (1940-1968); A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)

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  • Premiered: October 22, 2013
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: The history of African-Americans, beginning in the 1500s; and covering the expansion of slavery during the 18th century; the Jim Crow era; the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and '60s; and the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama. (more)

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