UC Berkeley Library

African American History to 1900 Slavery The Civil War and Reconstruction

Sojourner Truth: Walking to Freedom. [Sound Recording]

Prior to the Civil War, Sojourner Truth traveled around the country on foot telling others how she was abused as a slave. 45 min.

Souls of Passage.

A film based on an exhibition of the excavated Henrietta Marie, a slave ship which sank off the Florida coast in 1700. The piece traces the Henrietta Marie's trip--both the route the slave ship took and the voyage the exhibit made in its four year tour. Provides fascinating historical evidence of the slave trade in 17th century America, the conditions the slaves endured and the impact the exhibit had on current day North Carolina residents. Based on the exhibit: "A Slave ship speaks: the wreck of the Henrietta Marie" sponsored by the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society.

That's My Face(E minha cara)

African American filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris travels to Salvador da Bahia in search of his ancestral roots. He connects this time in Brazil with his childhood experiences living in Tanzania with his mother who went to Africa in search of a mythic motherland. Produced and directed by Thomas Allen Harris 2001. 56 min.

The Abolitionists

A three-part made for television mini-series interweaving drama with traditional documentary-style storytelling. "Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to create a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. Written, produced and directed by Rob Rapley. 54 min. each installment. The Abolitionists, Part 1.

The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery

Explores the history and archeological excavation of a burial ground for African slaves discovered in lower Manhattan Island, New York, during construction of a Federal office building in the summer of 1991. Relates also the effect of the discovery on understanding the role of Afro-Americans in colonial American life. 1994. 116 min.

The Anderson Platoon.

Follows the "Anderson Platoon," a racially integrated combat unit, for six weeks during the Vietnam War, as the soldiers eat, sleep, fight, gamble, pray and die together. 64 min.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

Presents the story of the long life of Miss Jane Pittman, who began her life as a slave in the South and who marched for her civil rights in the 20th century at the age of 110. Director, John Korty 106 min.

The Different Drummer.

Using rare photographs, archival footage, and interviews with Black military personnel, tells of the importance of Black soldiers from the Civil War to World War I. 58 min. (preservation copy)

The Klan: A Legacy of Hate in America.

Shows graphically the 120-year infamy of the Ku Klux Klan's reign of terror. 30 min.

The Klan: The Invisible Empire. (CBS Reports)

Shortly before this program was filmed in 1965, Klansmen were implicated in the murders of five people. Here Charles Kuralt presents an in-depth look at the Klan, featuring its history, its influence, the application process, and rare coverage of an initiation rite. Kuralt asks Klan leaders how they can avoid responsibility for violence when they themselves repeatedly whip up their followers to action.

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