Revisit a revolutionary period in African American History where slavery was abolished, giving birth to a new class of freeman and opportunities, but also to a new form of slavery and disenfranchisement defined by the Jim Crow South. Each of the features below is a window into a PBS documentary or program about this revolutionary period in American History that led to the Civil Rights Movement. The features will connect you directly to the website of a PBS partner where it can be viewed in full or allow you to watch a preview directly within the collection below. Get started now, and venture back into history with PBS.
On December 6th, 1865 the 13th Amendment was ratified and adopted into the United States Constitution, formerly abolishing slavery across the country. Test your knowledge about this important moment in history, and the events that lead up to it.
View a map of the lasting effects of systematic purges of African Americans in the US.
Learn more about slavery after the Civil War.