Episode 1: The Black Atlantic
The Black Atlantic explores the global experiences that created the African-American people. The episode portrays the earliest Africans, slave and ...
The Cotton Economy and Slavery
Slavery was the fuel for a global cotton economy. The spread of plantations in the Deep South led to the forced migration known today as slavery's ...
Robert Smalls: A Daring Escape
The future South Carolina Representative to Congress made a daring escape from slavery when he sailed a war ship past Fort Sumter.
Racist Images and Messages in Jim Crow Era
Racist images in the Jim Crow era demeaned African Americans and legitimized violence against them. A visit to the Jim Crow Museum in Michigan.
A More Perfect Union (1968 – 2013). Full Episode
From the Black Power movement to the first black president of the United States.
Civil Rights Movement Leaders in Conversation
Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP Julian Bond.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro
- Who Were the African Americans in the Kennedy Administration?In the first six months of the Kennedy Administration, some 50 black men (and women) were appointed to executive branch jobs.
- Free Blacks Lived in the North, Right?During slavery, why did free blacks stay in the South?
- Why Was Cotton ‘King’?Cotton not only ruled in the South, but had a great role in the Northern banking industry, New England factories and in Great Britain.
- George Washington’s Runaway Slave, HarryHarry's determination to be free suggests that not all of the slaves found Washington to be the benevolent master whom historians have depicted.
- Cory Booker and the First Black SenatorsThe senators in power after the Civil War had to settle a fundamental question when it came to seating Hiram R. Revels, the first black senator-elect, in 1870: Was it too soon, according to the Constitution, for any black man to be legally entitled to serve?
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