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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The Age of Slavery (1800-1860) - Preview

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The Age of Slavery illustrates how black lives changed 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, this era represented a new nadir. King Cotton fueled the rapid expansion of slavery into new territories, forcibly relocating African Americans into the Deep South.

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The Age of Slavery

See how black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution.

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Black is Beautiful

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

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Ruby Bridges Desegregates a School

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

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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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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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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 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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Priscilla, a Slave

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

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A More Perfect Union (1968-2013) - Preview

Premieres Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.

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Rise! (1940-1968) - Preview

Premieres Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.

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Into the Fire (1861-1896) - Preview

Premieres Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.

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