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Africans In America; Brotherly Love (1776-1834); Interview with John Edgar Wideman, 1996

Part of Africans in America.


John Edgar Wideman is interviewed about the aftermath of the Revolution in 1793, what it means to be an African American in white America, a separate black church, the Yellow Fever epidemic and racism, the Matthew Carey pamphlet, Richard Allen, African American migration south to work in cotton fields, what it felt like to be a slave, African Americans and the enlightenment in the late 18th century, celebrating Independence Day in Philadelphia, the Western Expansion, why he called his novel "The Cattle Killing," racism and class, slavery and the idea of freedom.

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Africans In America
Brotherly Love (1776-1834)
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Interview with John Edgar Wideman, 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)
Wideman, John Edgar (Interviewee)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
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Rights Holder: WGBH Educational Foundation

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