African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

 "The story of the African-American people is the story of the settlement and growth of America itself, a universal tale that all people should experience.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr."

Many Rivers to Cross

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings you a ground-breaking six-part series that explores the full trajectory of the African-American experience across two continents.

Viewers will witness five centuries of history unfold as a comprehensive gaze into the community’s evolution and multiplicity of cultural, political, religious, and social perspectives. The series highlights the triumphs and tragedies moving through the origins of slavery and the New World to the Jim Crow and Civil Rights Eras until present day affairs.

From the creator of Black in Latin America (2011) and Finding Your Roots (2012), Gates illustrates the ebb and flow of the path to black freedom outfitted by key historical sites, lively debates, and eye witness interviews.

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A six-part series on African-American history, by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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Watch Episode 1: The Black Atlantic

Watch Episode 1: The Black Atlantic

Explore the global experiences that created the African-American people.

Clip: America's Earliest Africans

Clip: America's Earliest Africans

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discusses two of the earliest Africans to arrive in North America.

Clip: The Cotton Economy and Slavery

Clip: The Cotton Economy and Slavery

Many stakeholders benefited from the cotton economy that fueled slavery's expansion.

Classroom | The Cotton Gin

Classroom | The Cotton Gin

The cotton gin revolutionized the global textile industry and expanded slavery.

Classroom | The Great Migration

Classroom | The Great Migration

Learn about the Great Migration, when African-Americans left the South in large numbers.

Classroom | Black is Beautiful: Afrocentricity

Classroom | Black is Beautiful: Afrocentricity

A new African American cultural identity resonated throughout American culture.

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