America's Earliest Africans

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A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)

A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

"A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)."

92 min.

Rise! (1940-1968)

Rise! (1940-1968)

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

The years 1940-68 are recalled.

60 min.

Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)

Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

Chronicling 1897-1940, when African-Americans struggled.

86 min.

Into the Fire (1861-1896)

Into the Fire (1861-1896)

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

Recalling the years 1861-96, which include the Civil War.

1 min.

The Age of Slavery (1800-1860)

The Age of Slavery (1800-1860)

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

The years 1800 to 1860 are chronicled.

74 min.

The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)

The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

Henry Louis Gates Jr. tells the story of African Americans.

60 min.


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Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discusses two of the earliest Africans to arrive in North America---free men who journeyed to this continent a century before the first Africans who arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619. Both were explorers who found hope and opportunity in this new land. But things changed quickly for those who followed them.

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