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

Imprint Boston, MA : WGBH Educational Foundation ; [Alexandria, VA] : Distributed by PBS Video, c2000.

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 Moore Video  E185 .A268 1998  pt.1    Available  Ask at Circulation Desk
 Moore Video  E185 .A268 1998  pt.2    Available  Ask at Circulation Desk
Description 2 DVD (ca 360 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Series Africans in America.
History's best on PBS
Africans in America (Television program)
History's best on PBS.
System Details DVD.
Language Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
Performer Narrator: Angela Bassett.
Credits Director of photography, Michael Chin; editor, Chuck Scott; music score, Bernice Johnson Reagon; associate producer, Patricia Garcia Rios.
Note Originally broadcast on PBS on October 19, 1998.
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 Terrible transformation [Disc 1] -- Revolution [Disc 1] -- Brotherly love [Disc 2] -- Judgment day [Disc 2].
Note Related to: Africans in America : America's journey through slavery / Charles Johnson, Patricia Smith, WGBH Series Research Team. -- New York : Harcourt Brace, c1998.
Subject 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.
United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Virginia -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Genre/Form Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
DVD-Video discs.
Added Author Bagwell, Orlando.
Bellows, Susan.
Fayer, Steve, 1935-
Bassett, Angela.
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-
Johnson, Charles, 1948- Africans in America.
WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.)
WGBH Educational Foundation.
PBS Video.
Added Title America's journey through slavery
Africans in America (Television program)
ISBN 157807553X (set)