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African American History to 1900 Slavery The Civil War and Reconstruction

Black Communities After the Civil War: Echoes Across the Prairie.

Historians trace the westward migration of former slaves to Oklahoma after the Civil War and examine their lives there as successful farmers and business owners. The focus is on the towns of Clearview and Boley where blacks operated thriving cotton-growing operations until 1907, when the most restrictive Jim Crow laws in the nation were passed and the activities of the Ku Klux Klan put blacks on the defensive and the Depression instigated a mass exodus to Tulsa where ghettos quickly sprang up. Historical footage "filmed 1925-1927 by Rev. S.S. Jones." c1998. 17 min.

Black Indians: An American Story

This presentation brings to light a forgotten part of America's past -- the cultural and racial fusion of Native and African Americans. The film explores what brought Native Americans and African Americans together, what drove them apart, and the challenges they face today. From the Atlantic Seaboard to the Western Plains, family memories and historical highlights reveal the indelible mark of this unique ancestry and its continuing influence. Narrator, James Earl Jones. Directed by Chip Richie. c2000.

Black on White.

An installment of the PBS series The Story of English. Probes the roots of Black English, including the American slave trade, plantation life, the Creole influence, and Harlem's jive talk. Discusses the influence of this variety of English on white American speech and literature. 60 min.

Black Warriors of the Seminole

The untold story of an unusual and lasting alliance between Seminole Indians and Southern Blacks. Traces the special bond of mutual dependence that survived slavery, war and discrimination as it follows the escape of Black slaves from Georgia and South Carolina plantations to Florida where they integrated into the Seminole Indian tribes. The Seminoles and Blacks fought side by side against enraged slave owners and the U.S. Government. 1990. 30 min.

Blacks Britannica.

Presents an analysis of racism within the context of British history and the post-war crises of the British economy. Produced by David Koff and Musindo Mwinyipembe. c1978 56 min. [preservation copy]

Brazil: An Inconvenient History

Few realize that Brazil was actually the largest participant in the slave trade in the New World. Forty percent of all slaves that survived the Atlantic crossing were destined for Brazil and at one time half of the population of Brazil were slaves. It was the last country to officially abolish slavery in 1888. This production charts Brazil's history of slavery using original texts, letters, accounts and decrees, with commentary by historians, anthropologists and others who recount the effect of centuries of slavery on Brazil today. Written and directed by Phil Grabsky. 2000. 47 min.

Dark Passages.

A mixture of interviews, slave narratives, and dramatization tell the story of the impact of the Atlantic slave trade. Takes the viewer from the House of Slaves on Goree Island off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, to the village of Juffere on the Gambia River, the ancestral home of Alex Haley of "Roots" fame. Director, Wally Ashby. 1990. 60 min. ;

Digging for Slaves.

Provides many fascinating and surprising details at excavations of 18th-century slave quarters on Middleburg Plantation near Charleston; at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, whose slave holdings seem so irreconcilable with his expressed views on human freedom; and at Colonial Williamsburg, which until recently suppressed information about the lives of the slaves, who made up over half the town's population. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1989. 50 min.

Doing as They Can.(American Social History Project) )

Part four in a film series which explores the central role working men and women have played in the key events of American history. In this segment a fugitive woman slave describes her life, work, and day-to-day resistance on a North Carolina planation during the 1840s and 1850s. 1987. 30 min.

Dr. Toer's Amazing Magic Lantern Show (American Social History Project)

This film examines the struggle to realize the promise of freedom in the years following the Civil War, as depicted by ex-slave J.W. Toer and his traveling picture show. The show featured music and stories of the black people before, during and after the Civil War. Especially focuses on the misrepresentation by the North of the former slaves and the progress of Reconstruction.

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