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THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS
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THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSSCOMBO: 2-DVD & BOOK

  • 2-DVD SET, THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS
  • BOOK, THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS

2-DVD SET, THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is the companion book to the six-part, six-hour documentary of the same name, which premiered on public television in the fall of 2013. The series is the first to air since 1968 that chronicles the full sweep of 500 years of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent and the arrival of the first black conquistador, Juan Garrido, in Florida in 1513, through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to today -- when Barack Obama is serving his second term as President, yet our country remains deeply divided by race and class.

The book explores these topics in even more detail than possible in the television series, and examines many other fascinating matters as well, such as the ethnic origins -- and the regional and cultural diversity -- of the Africans whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people. It delves into the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives that African Americans have created in the half a millennium since their African ancestors first arrived on these shores. Like the television series, this book guides readers on an engaging journey through the Black Atlantic world -- from Africa and Europe to the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States -- to shed new light on what it has meant, and means, to be an African American.

By highlighting the complex internal debates and class differences within the Black Experience in this country, readers will learn that the African-American community, which black abolitionist Martin R. Delany described as a "nation within a nation," has never been a truly uniform entity, and that its members have been debating their differences of opinion and belief from their very first days in this country. The road to freedom for black people in America has not been linear; rather, much like the course of a river, it has been full of loops and eddies, slowing and occasionally reversing current.

Ultimately, this book emphasizes the idea that African-American history encompasses multiple continents and venues, and must be viewed through a transnational perspective to be fully understood.

  • Hardcover, 304 pages

2-DVD SET, THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS
Written and presented by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, this six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed - forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present - when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.

By highlighting the tragedies, triumphs and contradictions of the black experience, the series reveals to viewers that the African-American community has never been a uniform entity, and that its members have been actively debating their differences from their first days in this country.

Throughout the course of the series, viewers will see that the road to freedom for black people in America has not been linear but more like the course of a river, full of loops and eddies, slowing, and occasionally reversing the current of progress. This DVD features subtitles in English (SDH). Running Time: Approx. 36 minutes broadcast program, plus approx. 30 minutes of extra material

$180

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THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSSBOOK, THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross is the companion book to the six-part, six-hour documentary of the same name, which premiered on public television in the fall of 2013. The series is the first to air since 1968 that chronicles the full sweep of 500 years of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent and the arrival of the first black conquistador, Juan Garrido, in Florida in 1513, through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to today -- when Barack Obama is serving his second term as President, yet our country remains deeply divided by race and class.

The book explores these topics in even more detail than possible in the television series, and examines many other fascinating matters as well, such as the ethnic origins -- and the regional and cultural diversity -- of the Africans whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people. It delves into the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives that African Americans have created in the half a millennium since their African ancestors first arrived on these shores. Like the television series, this book guides readers on an engaging journey through the Black Atlantic world -- from Africa and Europe to the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States -- to shed new light on what it has meant, and means, to be an African American.

By highlighting the complex internal debates and class differences within the Black Experience in this country, readers will learn that the African-American community, which black abolitionist Martin R. Delany described as a "nation within a nation," has never been a truly uniform entity, and that its members have been debating their differences of opinion and belief from their very first days in this country. The road to freedom for black people in America has not been linear; rather, much like the course of a river, it has been full of loops and eddies, slowing and occasionally reversing current.

Ultimately, this book emphasizes the idea that African-American history encompasses multiple continents and venues, and must be viewed through a transnational perspective to be fully understood.

  • Hardcover, 304 pages
$120

To make a pledge and become a WVPT Monthly Sustaining Member - Call 888.987.8727

Please allow for 6 – 8 weeks for delivery of any PBS Pledge thank you gift. Shipping is $5.00. 

THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS2-DVD SET, THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS

Written and presented by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, this six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed - forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present - when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.

By highlighting the tragedies, triumphs and contradictions of the black experience, the series reveals to viewers that the African-American community has never been a uniform entity, and that its members have been actively debating their differences from their first days in this country.
Throughout the course of the series, viewers will see that the road to freedom for black people in America has not been linear but more like the course of a river, full of loops and eddies, slowing, and occasionally reversing the current of progress. This DVD features subtitles in English (SDH). Running Time: Approx. 36 minutes broadcast program, plus approx. 30 minutes of extra material

$84

To make a pledge and become a WVPT Monthly Sustaining Member - Call 888.987.8727