The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross "The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)"

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross "The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)"

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 9:30pm

Norman Rockwell depicted the history-changing walk by the six-year old Ruby Bridges in his iconic painting entitled “The Problem We All Live With”

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

The Black Atlantic, airs Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV, explores the global experiences that created the African-American people. Beginning a century before the first documented “20-and-odd” slaves who arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, slave and free, who arrived on these shores. The transatlantic slave trade soon became a vast empire connecting three continents. Through stories of individuals caught in its web, the episode traces the emergence of plantation slavery in the American South and examines what the late 18th-century era of revolutions — American, French and Haitian — would mean for African Americans and slavery in America.

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