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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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)
00:30 — Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)
Rise! (1940-1968)
00:30 — Rise! (1940-1968)
The Age of Slavery (1800-1860)
00:31 — The Age of Slavery (1800-1860)
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
This six-hour PBS series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strate (more…)
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
This six-hour PBS series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strate (more…)
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
This six-hour PBS series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strate (more…)
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
This six-hour PBS series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strate (more…)
A More Perfect Union (1968-2013) - Preview
00:30 — From Black Power to a black president, a look at African American lives after the landmark court case victories.
Civil Rights Movement Leaders in Conversation
1:18:54 — In an engaging conversation about the Civil Rights Movement, civil rights pioneers Rep. John Lewis, Georgia 5th District; journalist Charlayne Hunter- (more…)
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Roundtable 1
06:37 — Dr. Pedro Noguera, Professor of Educatio, NYU; Lakisha Williams, Youth Minister, Antioch Baptist Church & Women of Virtue, Honor & Purpose Ministries; (more…)
The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)
00:30 — The Black Atlantic explores the earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived in the New World. Through stories of individuals caught in the tra (more…)
Douglas Blackmon Interview
24:31 — Douglas Blackmon is author of the Pulitzer prize winning book, 'Slavery By Another Name'. A former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, he is now the (more…)
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Roundtable 3
07:19 — Dr. Pedro Noguera, Professor of Educatio, NYU; Lakisha Williams, Youth Minister, Antioch Baptist Church & Women of Virtue, Honor & Purpose Ministries; (more…)
An Interview with Regina Carter
12:46 — Award winning violinist, Regina Carter interprets her roots through a modern lense with her new CD 'Southern Comfort'. She discusses her inspiration f (more…)
See See Rider
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African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross - Preview
00:30 — This six-hour series chronicles the full sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through more than fou (more…)
The Cotton Economy and Slavery
03:00 — Many stakeholders benefited from the cotton economy that fueled slavery's expansion. It increased the number of slaves in America and led to cotton pl (more…)
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross - Trailer
02:29 — Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking six-part series premiering Octo (more…)
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Roundtable 2
08:25 — Dr. Pedro Noguera, Professor of Educatio, NYU; Lakisha Williams, Youth Minister, Antioch Baptist Church & Women of Virtue, Honor & Purpose Ministries; (more…)
Ruby Bridges Desegregates a School
02:59 — Six-year-old Ruby Bridges integrated an all-white elementary school in New Orleans in 1960, escorted by federal marshals. Six years earlier, the NAACP (more…)
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