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Rise! (1940-1968)
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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Rise! (1940-1968)

“Rise!” examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable. African Americans who fought fascism in World War II came home to face the same old racial violence. But mass media — from print to radio and TV — broadcast that injustice, planting seeds of resistance.

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