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The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

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Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in this groundbreaking six-part series. Written and presented by Professor Gates, the series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, politic strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed.

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

Tuesday at 7pm on PBS North
October 22 - November 26


10/22/13 - The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)

The first Africans in America and the beginning of plantation slavery in the South.


10/29/13 - The Age of Slavery (1800-1860)

See how black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution.

11/05/13 - Into the Fire (1861-1896)

Survey a tumultuous period in African-American history: Civil War, slavery’s end and Reconstruction.

11/12/13 - Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)

Examine the Jim Crow era, when African Americans struggled within the confines of segregation.

11/19/13 - Rise! (1940-1968)

Examine the long road to civil rights, when the contradictions in American society became untenable.

11/26/13 - A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)

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