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Africans In America; Brotherly Love (1776-1834); Interview with Jeffrey Leath, 1996

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Jeffrey Leath is interviewed about Richard Allen and his conversion to Christianity and the conversion of his owner, the role of spirituality in everyday life, Richard Allen's mission to share his religious experience, the beginning of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Christianity as a means to deal with slavery, Philadelphia during the Yellow Fever outbreak of 1793 and accusations of African Americans for impropriety, Philadelphia during the Federalist period, Richard Allen's loss of his land and repurchase, Mother Bethel Church and the Liberty Pulpit, Richard Allen's sermons, the conversion of Jarena Lee, longing for The Promised Land.

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Africans In America
Brotherly Love (1776-1834)
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Interview with Jeffrey Leath, 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

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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)
Leath, Jeffrey (Interviewee)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
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Rights Holder: WGBH Educational Foundation

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