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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to today—when America has a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.

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In the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, the Black Panthers advocate armed...
President Reagan's "War on Drugs" fell disproportionally hard on black communities as new...
Black Power helps create a new African American cultural identity which resonated...
New political gains like affirmative action combined with changing social attitudes to...
Barack Obama's election to the presidency exemplifies changing attitudes about race even...
Despite growing political power in the 1970s, African Americans continued to face...
Hip Hop gave voice to a new generation of African American youth disenfranchised from the...
Rosa Parks was a seasoned activist whose actions on the Montgomery bus were well planned...
In an act of desegregation, six-year-old Ruby Bridges’ entry into a formerly all-white...
Non-violent passive resistance in the civil rights movement required much preparation and...
White people resented African Americans’ prosperity, and their alleged equality. This...
The segment provides an overview of the demonization of African Americans following the...
Learn about the efforts of lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston and writer Victor Hugo Green,...
There was continued oppression of African Americans following the Emancipation...
Learn about the Great Migration, when African-Americans left the South in large numbers...
Learn about Homer Plessy and his calculated act of civil disobedience in New Orleans,...
After escaping slavery, Frederick Douglass became prominent in the abolitionist community...
Learn about the Nat Turner Rebellion, and how it affected Southern slaveholders. This...
The invention of the cotton gin revolutionized the worldwide textile industry, and with...
Learn about the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, and what led to its implementation....
Culture and ideas passed throughout the Black Atlantic and continue to inflect our...
Runaway slaves who fled to St. Augustine, Florida, were granted freedom by the Spanish...
Slaves created a new culture in the New World, despite Europeans' efforts to erase their...
Hutchinson’s rebellion (also known as the Stono rebellion), was a slave revolt that...
The slave revolt in St. Domingue (now Haiti) led to the world’s first black republic....


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