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
- Which Slave Sailed Himself to Freedom?Robert Smalls made a daring sea escape during the Civil War and went on to serve five terms in Congress.
- What Is Juneteenth?What is Juneteenth and why are 42 states and the District of Columbia celebrating it this year?
- How Many Slaves Landed in the U.S.?Just a tiny percentage of Africans shipped to the New World landed in North America.
- Who Really Invented the ‘Talented Tenth’?Who originated the concept of the "Talented Tenth" black leadership class?
- Did MLK Improvise in the ‘Dream’ Speech?What laid the groundwork for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech at the March on Washington, and what are common misperceptions about its intent?
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