Africans in America America's journey through slavery / produced for PBS by WGBH Boston ; produced and directed by Orlando Bagwell, Susan Bellows ; writer, Steve Fayer

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Subjects: United States--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Virginia--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Slavery--United States--History
Slavery--United States--History--17th century
Slavery--Economic aspects--United States--History--17th century
Slavery--Virginia--History
Slavery--Economic aspects--Virginia--History
African Americans--History--To 1863
Slavery--Justification
Formats: Video Recording, DVD
Material Type: Projected medium -- Monograph
Language: English
Audience: General, Not rated
Published: Boston, MA : WGBH Educational Foundation ; [Alexandria, VA] : distributed by PBS Video, c2006
Series: History's best on PBS
History's best on PBS
LC Classification: E
Physical Description: 2 videodiscs (ca. 360 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Added Titles: Africans in America (Television program)
Alternate Title(s): Africans in America (Television program).
Alternate Titles: Portion of title: America's journey through slavery
Additional Authors: Bagwell, Orlando
Bellows, Susan
Fayer, Steve, 1935-
Bassett, Angela
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-
Johnson, Charles Richard, 1948-
WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.)
WGBH Educational Foundation
PBS Video
Notes: ISBN: 157807553X
ISBN: 9781578075539
ISBN: 0793692466
ISBN: 9780793692460
UPC: 841887007474
Videorecording number: AFRA700
DVD; Dolby Digital
Close-captioned
In English, with optional English subtitles
Narrator: Angela Bassett
Credits: Director of photography, Michael Chin; editor, Chuck Scott; music score, Bernice Johnson Reagon
Originally broadcast on television in 1998
Not rated
Summary: A four part series portraying the struggles of the African people in America, from their arrival in the 1600s to the last days before the Civil War. The first episode, Terrible transformation, examines the origins of one of the largest forced human migrations in recorded history. After the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619, the British colonies laid the groundwork for a system of racial slavery which generated profits that ensured the colonies' growth and survival. In the second episode, Revolution, while the American colonies challenge Britain for independence, American slavery is challenged from within as men and women fight to define what America will be. When the War of Independence is won, black people, both enslaved and free, seize on the language of freedom even while the new nation's Constitution codifies slavery and oppression as a national way of life. In the third episode, Brotherly love, during the first 50 years of the new nation, freedmen and fugitive slaves in Philadelphia push the country to live up to the promises made in its Constitution. But with the invention of the cotton gin, slavery expands into America's western frontier, and a revolution in Haiti inspires slave rebellions throughout the souther United States. In the fourth and final episode, as the nation expands westward slavery becomes the most divisive issue in American life. Abolitionists struggle to bring the institution down and the nation is tested as never before. When tensions over slavery erupt into violence, Americans are forced to consider how long the country can continue as a democracy built on the profits of bondage
Contents: Disc one. The Terrible transformation [(1450-1750)] ; Revolution [(1750-1805)] -- Disc two. Brotherly love [(1791-1831)] ; Judgment day [(1831-1865)]
"Peabody Award winner."
Related to: Africans in America : America's journey through slavery / Charles Johnson, Patricia Smith, WGBH Series Research Team. -- New York : Harcourt Brace, c1998
OCLC Number: 86121042
ISBN/ISSN: 157807553X
9781578075539
0793692466
9780793692460
8418870074
AFRA700