African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
The Age of Slavery (1800-1860) (#102)
Series Description: This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through five centuries of historic events right up to present day -- when America has a black President, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race. It explores the origins of the people from Africa whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives that African Americans have developed against unimaginable odds. All of these elements define black culture and society in its extraordinarily rich and compelling diversity from slavery to freedom, from the plantation to the White House. Hosted by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and drawing on some of America's top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources, the series guides viewers on a journey across 500 years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American.
All Upcoming Episodes
Rise! (1940-1968) (#105)
After 1968, African Americans set out to build a bright future on the foundation of the civil rights movement's victories, but a growing class disparity threatened to split the black community. [56 minutes]
These episodes of African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.
- Into the Fire (1861-1896) (#103)
- The Age of Slavery (1800-1860) (#102)
- The Black Atlantic (1500-1800) (#101)