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Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery
Africans in America America's Journey Through Slavery
Actors: Angela Bassett, Jeremy Rabb, Andre Braugher, Eric Foner, Kemp Harris
Directors: Noland Walker, Jacquie Jones, Susan Bell
Genres: Educational, Documentary, African American Cinema
NR     2000     6hr 0min

Africans in America is now available on DVD! Everything you thought you knew about slavery is about to be challenged. Africans in America: America?s Journey Through Slavery is the groundbreaking series that makes history b...  more »


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Actors: Angela Bassett, Jeremy Rabb, Andre Braugher, Eric Foner, Kemp Harris
Directors: Noland Walker, Jacquie Jones, Susan Bell
Genres: Educational, Documentary, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Educational, History, African American Cinema
Studio: WGBH Boston
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/01/2000
Original Release Date: 10/19/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 10/19/1998
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 6hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

This is a journey that every American must make.
Robin R. Means Coleman, Ph.D. (robi | New York City | 03/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Narrated by Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett, "Africans in America" is the first television/video documentary which works to chronicle the full history of slavery in America. The documentary is an incredibily ambitious effort that employs relevant scholarly data, interviews with noted historians, lively story-telling, and vivid accounts from slave descendants to detail, in four ninety-minute episodes, events from when Black and White indentured servants worked side by side (the colonial era) to the freedom from slavery that came at the end of the Civil War. "Africans in America" could not come at at a better time, when issues of racial strife continue to have a stranglehold on this nation. By looking at our racial past, we may be able to understand our racial present and future. The first part of the documentary, "The Terrible Transformation," details the origins of slavery in America. It dispels misconceptions that slavery was a sudden, full-blown institution. Rather, it shows that during the early 17th century slavery became institutionalized over many decades, law by law. Part two, "Revolution," focuses on the popularity of slavery in both the South and North, and on George Washington's role in legalizing slavery. Again, little known facts are highlighted, such as the role slaves played as combatants in the American Revolution. Part three, "Brotherly Love," turns to the then capital of the nation, Philadelphia, to recount how the government recommitted to slavery for Blacks while promising Whites liberty. This part also explores how the White scientific community worked to link the Black race with biological inferiority, thereby justifying the enslavement of African Americans. The final part of the documentary, "Judgment," covers antebellum and post-antebellum years. It reminds us of the constitutional amendment to free the slaves. More importantly, this final part challenges viewers to consider if slavery was really an inevitable institution, and, based on past behaviors, whether this country can ever gain racial harmony. "Africans in America" is thorough-- it took 10 years and millions of dollars to produce. It was shot on location across 12 states and 3 continents. It draws upon documents, scholars' insights, and a few well-knows such as Gen. Colin Powell. In all, it is a masterful educative effort. This is a journey that every American must make-- preferably through more than one viewing-- so that salient events are understood and so that we may begin to comprehend that the journey to racial reconcilation is far from over."
Michael Anthony Brenton | The Other Side of the Known Universe | 10/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Originally produced for PBS in 1998, this DVD includes all four installments of this POWERFUL DOCUMENTARY! The focus here is on SLAVERY IN AMERICA, starting with JAMESTOWN in 1607 and ending with the start of the CIVIL WAR in 1861! This documentary combines FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNTS and HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS with INTERVIEWS with not only historians but the descendants of those slaves! This might be the FINEST look at America's PECULIAR INSTITUTION available on DVD!"
A very moving series
Janelle L. Lino | Brooklyn, NY | 10/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I actually watched this series when it was on PBS a couple of years ago and it almost brought me to tears. It was incredibly sad to hear about the way that the slaves were treated.This video would be a great learning experience for classes. I am thinking about using it as an visual aide for my speech on slavery in NY."
Michael Anthony Brenton | 03/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You won't be the same after watching this amazing well done documentary. There are moments that will move you to tears. It's a declaration that Black American history IS AMERICAN HISTORY! How can an American go through life not knowing so many famous names like Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth, you don't get more American than that. EXCELLENT, a must buy!"