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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Classroom | Casualties of the War on Drugs

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President Reagan's "War on Drugs" fell disproportionally hard on black communities as new mandatory drug sentencing laws put a generation of young African Americans in prison. This video is an excerpt from Episode Six: A More Perfect Union (1968 – 2013), the final episode of 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.

53:10

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.

53:10

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Rise! (1940-1968)

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

53:10

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 Cross8

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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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.

2:59

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.

2:25

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.

3:08

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The Cotton Economy and Slavery

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

3:00

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.

1:19

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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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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