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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Survey the full sweep of African-American history with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

5m 17s

Classroom | Black Power: Demanding a Brilliant Future

In the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, the Black Panthers advocate armed resistance and self-sufficiency for African Americans. This video is an excerpt from Episode Six: A More Perfect Union (1968 – 2013), the final episode of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

5m 12s

Classroom | Casualties of the War on Drugs

President Reagan's "War on Drugs" fell disproportionally hard on black communities as new mandatory drug sentencing laws put a generation of young African Americans in prison. This video is an excerpt from Episode Six: A More Perfect Union (1968 – 2013), the final episode of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

4m 46s

Classroom| The Rise of the Black Middle Class

New political gains like affirmative action combined with changing social attitudes to nurture a growing African American middle class, but the government continued to fear a more extreme black nationalism. This video is an excerpt from Episode Six: A More Perfect Union (1968 – 2013), the final episode of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

4m 42s

Classroom | Black is Beautiful: Afrocentricity

Black Power helps create a new African American cultural identity which resonated throughout American culture. This video is an excerpt from Episode Six: A More Perfect Union (1968 – 2013), the final episode of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

4m 1s

Classroom | Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was a seasoned activist whose actions on the Montgomery bus were well planned. This video is an excerpt from Episode Five, Rise!, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

3m 28s

Classroom | Ruby Bridges

In an act of desegregation, six-year-old Ruby Bridges’ entry into a formerly all-white school provoked outbursts of hatred that mobilized the movement. This video is an excerpt from Episode Five, Rise!, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

3m 28s

Classroom | Preparing for Sit-Ins

Non-violent passive resistance in the civil rights movement required much preparation and mental strength. Non-violence was a technique used to end segregation in America. This video is an excerpt from Episode Five, Rise!, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

4m 33s

Classroom | Life After the Emancipation Proclamation

There was continued oppression of African Americans following the Emancipation Proclamation. *Note: This video contains graphic images of lynchings. This video is an excerpt from Episode Four, Making a Way Out of No Way, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

6m 7s

Classroom | Resenting Prosperity and Equality

White people resented African Americans’ prosperity, and their alleged equality. This video is an excerpt from Episode Four, Making a Way Out of No Way, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

6m 30s

Classroom | Separate and Unequal

Learn about the efforts of lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston and writer Victor Hugo Green, both of whom fought for equality for African Americans. This video is an excerpt from Episode Four, Making a Way Out of No Way, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

1m 44s

Classroom | The Great Migration

Learn about the Great Migration, when African-Americans left the South in large numbers for the North and West. This video is an excerpt from Episode Four, Making a Way Out of No Way, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

3m 19s

Classroom | 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 with stereotypes. This video is an excerpt from Episode Four, Making a Way Out of No Way, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

3m 46s

Classroom | A Calculated Act

Learn about Homer Plessy and his calculated act of civil disobedience in New Orleans, Louisiana, which was central to the Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson.

0m 0s

Classroom | Frederick Douglass

After escaping slavery, Frederick Douglass became prominent in the abolitionist community. This video is an excerpt from Episode Two, The Age of Slavery, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

2m 59s

Classroom | Nat Turner Rebellion

Learn about the Nat Turner Rebellion, and how it affected Southern slaveholders. This video is an excerpt from Episode Two, The Age of Slavery, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

3m 58s

Classroom | The Cotton Gin

The invention of the cotton gin revolutionized the worldwide textile industry, and with it the dynamics of the slavery in America. This video is an excerpt from Episode Two, The Age of Slavery, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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Classroom | Fugitive Slave Act

Learn about the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, and what led to its implementation. Southerners pushed for harsh laws to staunch the flow of runaways—culminating in the notorious Fugitive Slave Act of 1850--a watershed moment in American history. This video is an excerpt from Episode Two, The Age of Slavery, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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