The African Americans Many rivers to cross

DVD - 2013

Explore with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 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.

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Historical television programs
Documentary television programs
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Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution c2013.
Corporate Author
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
Corporate Author
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.) (production company)
Other Authors
Jamila Wignot (-), Henry Louis Gates (author)
Item Description
Originally broadcast on PBS Television in 2013.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (approximately 360 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD, widescreen presentation.
Rating: TV-PG.
Production Credits
Editors, Paula Heredia, Kim Miille, Nancy Novack, Bruce Shaw, Howard Sharp ; original score, Paul Brill.
  • 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)
  • A More Perfect Union (1968-2013).
Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-That the long and checkered history of racial injustice in the United States has produced a society in which racism is arguably ingrained, that the unconscious assumption of white privilege still exists, is not the main subject of this fine PBS series. It is, however, an unavoidable subtext. This six-hour series, written and presented by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, begins with the origins of slavery in Africa and moves through the next five centuries of historic events, as the African American community forges their own social structures, religious perspectives, and cultural norms against a background of repression and denigration. Rich with riveting details, the series clearly points out that the community is not a uniform entity, and that differences have existed since the early days on American soil. The interviews with subject experts and, as the series moves toward the present day, with men and women who have lived the African American experience, are deeply informative, moving, and at once hopeful and distressing. Thought provoking does not begin to cover the series; and it leaves one wondering, as Cornell West opines in the final hour, if racism cannot be mended unless our society is torn down and rebuilt. Essential viewing for high school and university students, this program moves one to tears and to much-needed self-examination.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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