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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

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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A More Perfect Union (1968-2013)

From the Black Power movement to the first black president of the United States.
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Rise! (1940-1968)

The long road to civil rights is examined in episode five.
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Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)

Examine the Jim Crow era when African Americans struggled in the confines of segregation.
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Into the Fire (1861-1896)

The Civil War, the end of slavery and Reconstruction's impact on African American history.
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The Age of Slavery

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

Explore the global experiences that created the African-American people.
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