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Life After Emancipation ~ Video Segment

Video Segments

These brief video segments can be used alone or in combination, to introduce a topic or to spark discussion among your students. These videos are also used in the lesson plan “Making a Way Out of No Way” (Grades 9-12).

Excerpts from Episode Four, “Making a Way Out of No Way,”  The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., selected segments.

Segment 1: Life After the Emancipation Proclamation

This video describes the continued oppression of African Americans following the Emancipation Proclamation. *Note: This video contains graphic images of lynchings.

Segment 2: The Great Migration

This video explores the Great Migration and the idea that the Emancipation Proclamation did not live up to its promises.

Segment 3: The Subjugation of African Americans

The segment provides an overview of the demonization of African Americans following the Emancipation Proclamation and the propaganda campaign that served to reinforce Jim Crow.

Segment 4: Resenting Prosperity and Equality

This video segment describes how white people’s resentment of African Americans’ prosperity and their alleged achievement of equality bred violence.

Segment 5: The Realities of Separate But Equal

Learn about the efforts of Charles Hamilton Houston and Victor Hugo Green, both of whom fought for equality for African Americans.

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