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  1. Go beyond the legend and meet the inspiring woman who repeatedly risked her own life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. Born 200 years ago in Maryland, Harriet Tubman was a conductor of the Underground Railroad, a Civil War scout, nurse and spy, and one of the greatest freedom fighters in our nation’s history.
  2. Khamisi

    Making Black America (PBS Special)

    Struggle and resistance are hallmarks of the African American experience, but they are not the only story. Beyond the reach of the “White gaze,” Black people worked and played, laughed and loved, hoped and dreamed, started families, built schools and businesses, formed communities, and created vast social networks that, borrowing from the motto of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, lifted as they climbed. In this new four-hour documentary series, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes us “behind the Veil” of racial segregation in Jim Crow America to tell their story. Episode 1 As Black people fought for full citizenship, hour one explores how free African Americans exercised their self - determination by building communities, establishing schools, and creating associations that would become the foundational pillars of Black America. Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the organizations, networks and artistic impression created by and for Black people. Episode 2 As Jim Crow laws went into effect, African Americans built a “life behind the veil” to meet their educational, economic, political, and cultural needs. Hour two explores the genesis of these organizations and networks that paved the way for Black life to flourish. Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. highlights the progress Black people made during the early 20thCentury. Episode 3 Hour three shows how the Great Depression devastated America’s economy and brought Black America to its knees. To survive, the Black community used social networks to navigate the oppressive realities of Jim Crow. Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores how social networks formed the cultural, economic and political foundation of the Civil Rights Movement which would transform America’s race relations. Episode 4 Despite the gains of legal desegregation, hour four reveals a fervent desire for Black spaces and institutions that provide a safe place to debate, organize and celebrate. Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores how Black cultural and political movements — from Black Power to Black Twitter — embraced a radical consciousness that championed a new generation.
  3. As a young woman growing up during Reconstruction, Ida B. Wells experienced Jim Crow segregation when she was barred from travel on a train in the whites-only section. It was not until she observed the growing practice of violence toward African Americans that she began her crusade to stop lynching. This video shows Wells grow from school teacher to journalist to founding member of the NAACP.

    © 2002 Quest Productions, VideoLine Productions and Educational Broadcasting Corporation

  4. The video from The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross provides an overview of the demonization of African Americans following the Emancipation Proclamation and the propaganda campaign that served to reinforce Jim Crow.

    © 2013 Kunhardt McGee Productions, Inkwell Films and THIRTEEN Productions LLC

  5. Explore the history of voter suppression efforts in the U.S., from the Jim Crow era through the post-1965 Voting Rights Act era, in this video clip from Whose Vote Counts | FRONTLINE.

    © 2020 WGBH Educational Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

  6. This video from The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross explains the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, and what led to its implementation.

    © 2013 Kunhardt McGee Productions, Inkwell Films and THIRTEEN Productions LLC

  7. This video from The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross recaps the Nat Turner Rebellion, and how it affected Southern slaveholders.

    © 2013 Kunhardt McGee Productions, Inkwell Films and THIRTEEN Productions LLC

  8. Brown v. Board of Education was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that U.S. state laws establishing racial segregation in public schools in public schools are unconstitutional.

    © 2020 Free to Choose Media. All rights reserved.

  9. Under pressure from congressional republicans, suffragists are asked in 1869 to support the 15th Amendment, which extended the franchise to African American men only, shattering the coalition of abolitionists and suffragists and introducing race into future relations.

    © 2020 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved.

  10. Learn how Black women continue to lead the fight for suffrage rights, 100 years after the passage of the 19th Amendment and 55 years after the Voting Rights Act, in this digital video from The Vote | AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Use this video when studying the women’s suffrage movement to explore the leadership role of African American women in the long struggle for voting rights and examine historic and contemporary efforts to suppress the African American vote.

    © 2020 WGBH Educational Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

  11. Denim, also known as “Negro cloth,” ties the North’s cotton mills to slavery. Learn how the production of indigo and denim relied on the skills and labor of enslaved people brought to colonial America from Africa and how these products became vital to the economies of the South and the North in these videos excerpted from Riveted: The History of Jeans | AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. The history of denim reveals the economic contributions of enslaved people as well as their cultural and social connections to clothing that became closely associated with America.

    © 2022 WGBH Educational Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

  12. This full-length video program explores 17th-century West Central African culture and society, the interaction between Europeans and Africans, and the arrival of the first Africans at Jamestown, Virginia in August, 1619.

    © 2007

  13. This video from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow identifies two major leaders in the black community during the era of Jim Crow: Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. By the turn of the 20th century, Washington was an incredibly popular figure who, among many accomplishments, had become the leader of the Tuskegee Institute and started the National Business League. Washington maintained that African Americans could achieve economic progress and spiritual growth but only by accepting the confines of Jim Crow. Du Bois, on the other hand, attacked Washington’s methodology publicly and emphasized the importance of intellectual rigor and equality for African Americans in all aspects of American life, with no exceptions. Nowhere were his verbal assaults on Washington as strong as in his 1903 book The Souls of Black Folk.

    © 2002 Quest Productions, VideoLine Productions and Educational Broadcasting Corporation.

  14. Discover how a group of African American soldiers helped change attitudes about race as a result of their heroic peacetime service fighting a 1910 wildfire, in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Big Burn. After a violent electrical storm ignited nearly 1,000 fires across the drought-stricken Northern Rockies in 1910, the federal government sent troops to fight them, including men from the 25th Infantry, known as the Buffalo Soldiers, the first division of African Americans to serve as professional peacetime soldiers. Despite their inexperience fighting fires, and in the face of local racist sentiment, these African Americans evacuated and later saved the town of Avery, halting the advance of a fire that threatened to destroy it and winning over the local population.

    © 2016 WGBH Educational Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

  15. Khamisi

    Jim Crow of the North (PBS Special)

    Jim Crow of the North charts the progression of racist policies and practices from the advent of restrictive covenants to their elimination in the late 1960s. Racial disparities are seen through a new lens in this film that explores the origins of housing segregation in the Minneapolis area. The story also illustrates how African-American families and leaders resisted this insidious practice.
  16. The lynching of Lawrence W. Nelson, May 25, 1911 in Okemah, Oklahoma.

    © Public Domain

  17. The lynching of Laura Nelson and her son Lawrence Nelson on 25 May 1911 in Okemah, Oklahoma.

    © Public Domain

  18. The Lynching of Bennie Simmons, soaked in coal oil before being set on fire. June 13, 1913, Anadarko, Oklahoma.

    © Public Domain

  19. The 1893 public lynching of black teenager Henry Smith in Paris, Texas.

    © Public Domain

  20. The lynching of Laura Nelson in Okemah, Oklahoma, on May 25, 1911.

    © Public Domain

  21. Lynching of Jesse Washington in Waco, Texas, on May 15, 1916. He was repeatedly lowered and raised onto a fire for about two hours. A professional photographer took pictures of the lynching as it unfolded.

    © Public Domain

  22. The body of George Meadows, lynched near the Pratt Mines in Jefferson County, Alabama, on January 15, 1889.

    © Public Domain

  23. The lynching of Jim Redmond, Gus Roberson, and Bob Addison, and one onlooker. May 17, 1892. Habersham County, Georgia.

    © Public Domain

  24. Lynching of John William Clark in Cartersville, Georgia, September 1930, after killing Police Chief J. B. Jenkins

    © Public Domain

  25. Pictures of the lynching of Roosevelt Townes and Robert McDaniels in 1937 were the first photos of lynchings to be published by the national press.

    © Public Domain


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