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
- 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?
- ’12 Years a Slave’: Trek From Slave to ScreenAs a literary scholar and cultural historian who has spent a lifetime searching out African Americans' lost, forgotten and otherwise unheralded tales, I was honored to serve as a historical consultant on Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," most certainly one of the most vivid and authentic portrayals of slavery ever captured in a feature film.
- 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.
- 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.
- Madam Walker, the First Black American Woman to Be a Self-Made MillionaireMadam C.J. Walker, the first black millionairess in America, invented the world's first hair-straightening formula.
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