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The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)
Aired:
10/21/2013
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The earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived on American shores are explored.

 


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TUE 10/22/2013

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AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS

THE BLACK ATLANTIC (1500-1800)

The Black Atlantic explores the truly global experiences that created the African American people. Beginning a full century before the first documented '20-and-odd' slaves arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, the episode portrays the earliest Africans, both slave and free, who arrived on these shores. But the Trans-Atlantic slave trade would soon become a vast empire connecting three continents. Through stories of individuals caught in its web, like a ten-year-old girl named Priscilla who was transported from Sierra Leone to South Carolina in the mid-18th century, we trace the emergence of plantation slavery in the American South. The late 18th century saw a global explosion of freedom movements, and The Black Atlantic examines what that Era of Revolutions-American, French and Haitian-would mean for African Americans, and for slavery in America.

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