African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)

Season 1, Episode 1 of 6

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.

Previously Aired

Day
Time
Channel
10/22/2013
8 p.m.
10/23/2013
1 a.m.
2/23/2014
11 p.m.
2/24/2014
8 p.m.
2/25/2014
2 a.m.
1/20/2015
10:30 p.m.
1/21/2015
5 a.m.
2/19/2017
noon
2/3/2019
1 p.m.
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