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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Video thumbnail: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Black is Beautiful

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Black is Beautiful

Black is Beautiful was the message sent by films, products and Soul Train.

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Black is Beautiful

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Video thumbnail: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Civil Rights Movement Leaders in Conversation

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Civil Rights Movement Leaders in Conversation

Rep. John Lewis, journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Julian Bond, former NAACP Chairman.

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Civil Rights Movement Leaders in Conversation

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Video thumbnail: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Ruby Bridges Desegregates a School

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Ruby Bridges Desegregates a School

At age six, Ruby Bridges was the sole black child to desegregate her school.

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Ruby Bridges Desegregates a School

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Video thumbnail: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Racist Images and Messages in Jim Crow Era

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Racist Images and Messages in Jim Crow Era

Racist images were used as propaganda to demean African-Americans and legitimize violence.

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Racist Images and Messages in Jim Crow Era

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Video thumbnail: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Robert Smalls: A Daring Escape

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Robert Smalls: A Daring Escape

The future South Carolina Representative to Congress made a daring escape from slavery.

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Robert Smalls: A Daring Escape

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Video thumbnail: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross The Cotton Economy and Slavery

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The Cotton Economy and Slavery

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

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The Cotton Economy and Slavery

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Video thumbnail: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross America's Earliest Africans

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

America's Earliest Africans

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

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America's Earliest Africans

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Video thumbnail: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Priscilla, a Slave

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Priscilla, a Slave

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. learns about Priscilla, a slave on a South Carolina plantation.

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Priscilla, a Slave

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