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Africans In America; Brotherly Love (1776-1834); Interview with Emma Lapsansky, 1996

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Emma Lapsansky is interviewed about 1790 as a turning point for African Americans, opportunities in Philadelphia, the Yellow Fever epidemic, Richard Allen, the American Society of Free Persons of Color, Edward Clay cartoons, Pavel Svinin's portraits of African American life in Philadelphia, the 1830 National Negro Convention in Philadelphia, kidnapping of free people, changes from 1825 - 1840, unrest in cities, African Americans come together, Freedom's Journal, Nat Turner's Rebellion part of a bigger movement.

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Africans In America
Brotherly Love (1776-1834)
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Interview with Emma Lapsansky, 1996

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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

Program Description

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)
Lapsansky, Emma (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 Emma Lapsansky, 1996,” 12/14/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 7, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9F87E3738FE44983B18AB76C7B146B03.
MLA: “Africans In America; Brotherly Love (1776-1834); Interview with Emma Lapsansky, 1996.” 12/14/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 7, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9F87E3738FE44983B18AB76C7B146B03>.
APA: Africans In America; Brotherly Love (1776-1834); Interview with Emma Lapsansky, 1996. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9F87E3738FE44983B18AB76C7B146B03
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