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
- What Was America’s First Black Town?Spanish Florida was the African-American slaves’ first Promised Land.
- Who Were the Harlem Hellfighters?These black soldiers returning from World War I received a hero’s welcome, by blacks and whites alike, in New York City.
- 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 Was the Second Middle Passage?The growth of the cotton economy and the internal slave trade in America forced families to separate and migrate once again.
- 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.
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