The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

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The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

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Written and presented by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, this six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed - forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present - when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race. By highlighting the tragedies, triumphs and contradictions of the black experience, the series reveals to viewers that the African-American community has never been a uniform entity, and that its members have been actively debating their differences from their first days in this country. Throughout the course of the series, viewers will see that the road to freedom for black people in America has not been linear, but more like the course of a river, full of loops and eddies, slowing, and occasionally reversing the current of progress. Episodes include: "The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)", "The Age of Slavery (1800-1860)", "Into the Fire (1861-1896)", "Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)", "Rise! (1940-1968)", and "It's Nation Time (1968-2013)".

Subtitles: English SDH (Subtitles for Deaf and Hearing Impaired).

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Written and presented by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, this six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed - forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present - when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race. By highlighting the tragedies, triumphs and contradictions of the black experience, the series reveals to viewers that the African-American community has never been a uniform entity, and that its members have been actively debating their differences from their first days in this country. Throughout the course of the series, viewers will see that the road to freedom for black people in America has not been linear, but more like the course of a river, full of loops and eddies, slowing, and occasionally reversing the current of progress. Episodes include: "The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)", "The Age of Slavery (1800-1860)", "Into the Fire (1861-1896)", "Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)", "Rise! (1940-1968)", and "It's Nation Time (1968-2013)".

Subtitles: English SDH (Subtitles for Deaf and Hearing Impaired).

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Studio Name: PBS Distribution
DVD Release Date: 01/28/2014
Rating: TV-PG
Format: DVD
Run Time (in minutes): 360 minutes
Language: English
Audio Tracks: AC, Stereo
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.44
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This is a great documentary of American history, with lots of truly courageous american heroes, both black and white. This should be included in American history lesson in school.

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