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Africans In America; Brotherly Love (1776-1834); Interview with Douglas Egerton, 1996

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Douglas Egerton is interviewed about the contradictions of equlity and freedom, Thomas Jefferson as a slave owner and believing Africans were inferior, the revolution in Haiti, Toussaint L'Ouverture, Gabriel's Rebellion, Gabriel's Conspiracy, the ban on importation of African slaves, the expansion of cotton plantations, the black support for the American Colonization Society, Denmark Vesey, Charleston African Church, Morris Brown, the hanging of Vesey's followers, Thomas Jefferson's death, the southern view of slavery as a "positive good."

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Africans In America
Brotherly Love (1776-1834)
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Interview with Douglas Egerton, 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)
Egerton, Douglas (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 Douglas Egerton, 1996,” 09/15/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 5, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DC2FC6B67A9544D28039F7D194EADC51.
MLA: “Africans In America; Brotherly Love (1776-1834); Interview with Douglas Egerton, 1996.” 09/15/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 5, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DC2FC6B67A9544D28039F7D194EADC51>.
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