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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.  

Lincoln Announces Freedom

Lincoln Announces Freedom

In 1862, Lincoln promises to sign an Emancipation Proclamation on New Year's Day.

The Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation

President Lincoln declares that all slaves are free on Jan. 1, 1863.

The 13th Amendment Quiz

The 13th Amendment Quiz

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.

Forty Acres and a Mule

Forty Acres and a Mule

The Union army grants abandoned land to former slaves.

The Right to Vote & New Laws

The Right to Vote & New Laws

When black men are given the right to vote, they elect hundreds of black legislators.

Yale Professor Akhil Amar tells us how important the 14th amendment is to us today - and gives us a little history behind its creation.
After the Civil War, new forms of slavery begin to evolve. From Slavery By Another Name.
Separate but Equal

Separate but Equal

The crushing effects of Plessy v. Ferguson and its fictitious message of equality.

Jim Crow Laws

Jim Crow Laws

These segregation laws became a formal system of racial apartheid in the American South.

The Legacy of Supremacy

The Legacy of Supremacy

Historian James Grossman talks about the legacy of supremacy.

The Rise of the Ku Klux Klan

The Rise of the Ku Klux Klan

It began as a social club formed by six Confederate veterans.

The Creation of the NAACP

The Creation of the NAACP

Historian Risa Goluboff explains the creation of the NAACP.

Visualizing the Legacy of Ethnic Cleansing in America

Visualizing the Legacy of Ethnic Cleansing in America

View a map of the lasting effects of systematic purges of African Americans in the US.

Interactive Map and Timeline

Interactive Map and Timeline

Learn more about slavery after the Civil War.

The videos and features above are from PBS documentaries and productions by American Experience, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, Slavery By Another Name, and Independent Lens.

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100 Years of Segregation

100 Years of Segregation

A detailed history of racial discrimination and the civil rights movement.

More videos & resources on the Emancipation, Reconstruction & Jim Crow South:  

 Jim Crow Pennsylvania

African American World

NC’s First Black Senator , Black Issues Forum UNC-TV 

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