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Africans In America; Brotherly Love (1776-1834); Interview with Margaret Washington, 1997

Part of Africans in America.


Margaret Washington is interviewed about the significance of Philadelphia in the 1790s, Richard Allen, the life of Jarena Lee and her spiritual conversion, Thomas Jefferson and modern racism, black labor at Monticello, the impact of the cotton gin, the end of the Atlantic slave trade, Gabriel's Rebellion, formation of the African Methodist Episcopal church, Denmark Vesey, Nat Turner, Africans as God's chosen people.

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Africans In America
Brotherly Love (1776-1834)
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Interview with Margaret Washington, 1997

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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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103 Brotherly Love (1776-1834)--Explores the first fifty years of the new nation. In Philadelphia, freedmen and fugitive slaves push the country to live up to the promises made in its Constitution. But with the invention of the cotton gin, slavery expands into America's western frontier, and a revolution in Haiti inspires slave rebellions throughout the southern United States. Producer: Jacquie Jones



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Race and Ethnicity
Smith, Llewellyn (Series Producer)
Washington, Margaret (Interviewee)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
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Rights Holder: WGBH Educational Foundation

Chicago: “Africans In America; Brotherly Love (1776-1834); Interview with Margaret Washington, 1997,” 02/22/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 8, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7FF4BC77B4FF4829954051CDD7B79402.
MLA: “Africans In America; Brotherly Love (1776-1834); Interview with Margaret Washington, 1997.” 02/22/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 8, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7FF4BC77B4FF4829954051CDD7B79402>.
APA: Africans In America; Brotherly Love (1776-1834); Interview with Margaret Washington, 1997. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7FF4BC77B4FF4829954051CDD7B79402
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