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African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross


Ch. Title Description # Day Date Time Length RPT CC DVS AD MD
10.1 The Black Atlantic (1500-1800) The Black Atlantic explores the truly global experiences that created the African American people. Beginning a full century before the first documented '20-and-odd' slaves arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived on these shores. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts. (1 of 6) 101 SU 09/07/14 11:00am 00:56:46 (RPT) × (DVS) ST
10.1 The Age of Slavery (1800-1860) The Age of Slavery illustrates how black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution. For free black people in places like Philadelphia, these years were a time of tremendous opportunity. But for most African Americans, King Cotton fueled the rapid expansion of slavery into new territories, and a Second Middle Passage forcibly relocated African Americans from the Upper South into the Deep South. A look is taken at how courageous individuals, such as Harriet Tubman, Richard Allen and Frederick Douglass, played a crucial role in forcing the issue of slavery to the forefront of national politics, helping to create the momentum that would eventually bring the country to war. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts. (2 of 6) 102 SU 09/07/14 NOON 00:56:46 (RPT) × (DVS) ST
10.1 Into The Fire (1861-1896) The most tumultuous and consequential period in African American history is examined: the Civil War and the end of slavery, and Reconstruction's thrilling but tragically brief "moment in the sun". Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts. (3 of 6) 103 SU 09/07/14 01:00pm 00:56:46 (RPT) × (DVS) ST
10.1 Making A Way Out of No Way (1897-1940) During the Jim Crow era, African Americans struggled to build their own worlds within the harsh, narrow confines of segregation. At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African Americans left the South, fleeing the threat of racial violence, and searching for better opportunities in the North and the West. Leaders like Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey organized, offering vastly different strategies to further black empowerment and equality. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts. (4 of 6) 104 SU 09/07/14 02:00pm 00:56:46 (RPT) × (DVS) ST
10.1 Rise! (1940-1968) Rise! examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable. Beginning in World War II, African Americans who helped fight fascism abroad came home to face the same old racial violence. But this time, mass media-from print to radio and TV-broadcast that injustice to the world, planting seeds of resistance. And, the success of black entrepreneurs and entertainers fueled African American hopes and dreams. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts. (5 of 6) 105 SU 09/07/14 03:00pm 00:56:46 (RPT) × (DVS) ST
10.1 A More Perfect Union (1968-2013) After 1968, African Americans set out to build a bright new future on the foundation of the civil rights movement's victories, but a growing class disparity threatened to split the black community in two. Today, many issues, including true racial equality, remain to be resolved. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at how African Americans will help redefine the United States in the years to come. (6 of 6) 106 SU 09/07/14 04:00pm 00:56:46 (RPT) × (DVS) ST
36.2 The Black Atlantic (1500-1800) The Black Atlantic explores the truly global experiences that created the African American people. Beginning a full century before the first documented '20-and-odd' slaves arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived on these shores. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts. (1 of 6) 101 SU 09/07/14 11:00am 00:56:46 (RPT) × (DVS) ST
36.2 The Age of Slavery (1800-1860) The Age of Slavery illustrates how black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution. For free black people in places like Philadelphia, these years were a time of tremendous opportunity. But for most African Americans, King Cotton fueled the rapid expansion of slavery into new territories, and a Second Middle Passage forcibly relocated African Americans from the Upper South into the Deep South. A look is taken at how courageous individuals, such as Harriet Tubman, Richard Allen and Frederick Douglass, played a crucial role in forcing the issue of slavery to the forefront of national politics, helping to create the momentum that would eventually bring the country to war. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts. (2 of 6) 102 SU 09/07/14 NOON 00:56:46 (RPT) × (DVS) ST
36.2 Into The Fire (1861-1896) The most tumultuous and consequential period in African American history is examined: the Civil War and the end of slavery, and Reconstruction's thrilling but tragically brief "moment in the sun". Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts. (3 of 6) 103 SU 09/07/14 01:00pm 00:56:46 (RPT) × (DVS) ST
36.2 Making A Way Out of No Way (1897-1940) During the Jim Crow era, African Americans struggled to build their own worlds within the harsh, narrow confines of segregation. At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African Americans left the South, fleeing the threat of racial violence, and searching for better opportunities in the North and the West. Leaders like Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey organized, offering vastly different strategies to further black empowerment and equality. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts. (4 of 6) 104 SU 09/07/14 02:00pm 00:56:46 (RPT) × (DVS) ST
36.2 Rise! (1940-1968) Rise! examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable. Beginning in World War II, African Americans who helped fight fascism abroad came home to face the same old racial violence. But this time, mass media-from print to radio and TV-broadcast that injustice to the world, planting seeds of resistance. And, the success of black entrepreneurs and entertainers fueled African American hopes and dreams. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts. (5 of 6) 105 SU 09/07/14 03:00pm 00:56:46 (RPT) × (DVS) ST
36.2 A More Perfect Union (1968-2013) After 1968, African Americans set out to build a bright new future on the foundation of the civil rights movement's victories, but a growing class disparity threatened to split the black community in two. Today, many issues, including true racial equality, remain to be resolved. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at how African Americans will help redefine the United States in the years to come. (6 of 6) 106 SU 09/07/14 04:00pm 00:56:46 (RPT) × (DVS) ST