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Africans In America
Terrible Transformation, The (1562–1750)
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Broadcast: October 1998 This series explores the central paradox that is at the heart of the American story: a democracy that declared all men equal but enslaved and oppressed one people to provide independence and prosperity to another. The series opens in the 16th century on Africa's Gold Coast with the European and African trade, and ends on the eve of the American Civil War in 1861. Africans in America examines the economic and intellectual foundations of slavery in America and the global economy that prospered from it. The series reveals how the presence of African people and their struggle for freedom transformed America. Series release date: 10/1998

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101 The Terrible Transformation (1562–1750)--Examines the origins of one of the largest forced human migrations in recorded history. After the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619, the British colonies laid the groundwork for a system of racial slavery which generates profits that ensure the colonies' growth and survival. Producers: Orlando Bagwell and Susan Bellows.



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Race and Ethnicity
Smith, Llewellyn (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Africans In America; Terrible Transformation, The (1562–1750),” 10/01/1998, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3BDBBA2A070A45FCBE18A95AAD61AF26.
MLA: “Africans In America; Terrible Transformation, The (1562–1750).” 10/01/1998. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 21, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3BDBBA2A070A45FCBE18A95AAD61AF26>.
APA: Africans In America; Terrible Transformation, The (1562–1750). Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3BDBBA2A070A45FCBE18A95AAD61AF26
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