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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The Cotton Economy and Slavery

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Many stakeholders benefited from the cotton economy that fueled slavery's expansion. It increased the number of slaves in America and led to cotton plantations spreading across the Deep South to Texas. As African Americans were uprooted from the Upper South to the Deep South, this created the second largest forced migration in America's history. Learn more in "The Age of Slavery," episode two.

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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The Age of Slavery

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

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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)

From the Black Power movement to the first black president of the United States.

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Rise! (1940-1968)

The long road to civil rights is examined in episode five.

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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)

Examine the Jim Crow era when African Americans struggled in the confines of segregation.

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Black is Beautiful

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

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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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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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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

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Into the Fire (1861-1896) - Preview

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