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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Classroom | Fugitive Slave Act

Learn about the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, and what led to its implementation. Southerners pushed for harsh laws to staunch the flow of runaways—culminating in the notorious Fugitive Slave Act of 1850--a watershed moment in American history. This video is an excerpt from Episode Two, The Age of Slavery, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Episodes of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross6

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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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

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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Clips of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross19

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Audra McDonald Interview

Audra McDonald Interview

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Douglas Blackmon Interview

Douglas Blackmon Interview

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I'm Going Home

I'm Going Home

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Miners Child

Miners Child

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See See Rider

See See Rider

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Previews of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross8

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

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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