The Second American Revolution. Part 1

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  • For African-Americans, the 20th century was fraught with contrasts. There was the glowing promise of equality in the nation's charters and there was the actual bigotry that shadowed and shrank that promise. In this program, Bill Moyers is joined by a distinguished couple who have long spoken for black aspirations-Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Together they re-create, in dramatic dialogue and often in original settings, the world of 20th-century black America, which was, in both its highs and lows, a world filled with signposts about America itself. This episode covers the African-American struggle from 1900 to 1920.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Sept. 03, 2010.
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  • Racism in US Founding Documents (1:59) -- Emancipation Day (2:32) -- Heart of "Negro New York" (3:59) -- Up from Slavery (2:44) -- New Hero for Black Struggle (2:13) -- Mixed Messages in Black Struggle (5:23) -- Jim Crow Laws (1:50) -- Dr. Du Bois: Higher Education (2:15) -- Separate and Equal (1:58) -- Tuskegee Machine (2:59) -- Niagara Movement (3:34) -- Fight for Equality in 20th Century (6:36) -- 369th US Infantry (5:56) -- "Up You Mighty Race" (4:57) -- Marcus' Garvey's Legacy (4:58) -- The Second American Revolution, Part 1 - Credits (1:33)
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