A History of Black Achievement in America

Overview

Presented by James Avery, the series highlights the contributions of Blacks that have influenced our culture, enriched society with their achievements, and shaped the history of the U.S. American blacks have built their own institutions: families, schools, churches and businesses, created great art and science, and fought heroically in every American war. Black men and women have worked endlessly to secure their own freedom and equality. From Revolutionary War-era tavern owner Samuel Fraunces to modern-day ...
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Overview

Presented by James Avery, the series highlights the contributions of Blacks that have influenced our culture, enriched society with their achievements, and shaped the history of the U.S. American blacks have built their own institutions: families, schools, churches and businesses, created great art and science, and fought heroically in every American war. Black men and women have worked endlessly to secure their own freedom and equality. From Revolutionary War-era tavern owner Samuel Fraunces to modern-day megastar Oprah Winfrey, this 8-part series -- which debuted on PBS in 2005 -- recounts the personalities who rose above the odds to make lasting contributions to their country.
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Special Features

Historical documents; Photo gallery; Teacher's guide; Hi-def enhanced; English captions; Spanish captions
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2005
  • UPC: 739815002960
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  • Source: Ambrose Video
  • Time: 3:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 64,846

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Avery Narrator
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- History of Black Achievement in America, Vol. 1
2. 1619 - 1621: Blacks Arrive at Jamestown [5:44]
3. 1705: The Virginia General Assembly Passes the Slave Codes [8:04]
4. 1762: Entrepreneur Samuel Fraunces Opens New York City's Most Cherished Revolutionary War Site - The Fraunces Tavern [3:34]
5. 1770: Crispus Attucks and the Black Patriots [6:24]
2. 1772: Chicago Is Settled by Jean DuSable [3:49]
3. 1776: Lemuel Haynes Helps Lay the Foundation for Abolition [4:48]
4. 1791: The First Black Man of Science, Benjamin Banneker, Surveys Washington, D.C. [2:07]
5. 1821: African Grove Theatre Founded in New York [3:36]
6. 1822: Denmark Vesey and the Slave Revolts [3:32]
7. 1823: Legendary Mountain Man James Beckwouth Enters the Rockies [2:46]
8. 1849: Harriet Tubman Uses Underground Railroad to Become Free [3:23]
Disc #2 -- History of Black Achievement in America, Vol. 2
2. 1851: Sojourner Truth Delivers Famous Ain't I a Woman? Speech [3:31]
3. 1854: First Black University Founded - Lincoln University [2:58]
4. 1855: Frederick Douglass Publishes My Bondage and My Freedom [3:47]
5. 1857: Dred Scott Decision Helps Trigger the Civil War [2:51]
6. 1863: Lincoln Signs Emancipation Proclamation [3:04]
7. 1863: Black Regiment Storms Fort Wagner in the Civil War [3:56]
8. 1865-1869: 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments Establish Civil Rights for All [3:08]
2. 1875: Robert Smalls, Former Slave, Elected to House [3:30]
3. 1878: The Black Cowboy and George McJunkin [4:35]
4. 1881: Booker T. Washington Opens Tuskegee Institute [2:46]
5. 1884: T. Thomas Fortune Prophesises the Long and Bitter Struggle for Equality [3:16]
6. 1887: Granville T. Woods, Called the "Black Edison," Patents the Induction Telegraph System [2:57]
7. 1893: Ida B. Wells-Barnett Crusades Against Black Lynching in America [5:25]
8. 1896: Plessy v. Ferguson Case Upholds Segregation [3:32]
Disc #3 -- History of Black Achievement in America, Vol. 3
2. 1904: Scott Joplin and Ma Rainey Initiate the Merger of Two Cultures [4:33]
3. 1909: Matthew Henson Discovers the North Pole [4:52]
4. 1909: W.E.B. DuBois Founds the NAACP [3:10]
5. 1924: George Washington Carver Renaissance Man [4:05]
6. 1925: Alain Locke Leads Harlem Renaissance [4:33]
7. 1926: Satchel Paige Stars in the National Negro Baseball League [3:58]
2. 1935: Marcy McLeod Bethune: American Woman of the 20th Century [4:23]
3. 1936 - 1938: Jesse Owens and Joe Louis Debunk Hitler's Claim of Aryan Superiority [3:37]
4. 1939: Hattie McDaniel Wins the Oscar [4:15]
5. 1940: First Black General, Benjamin O. Davis Sr., Is Stepping Stone to Desegregation of U.S. Army [6:07]
6. 1943: Duke Ellington's Band Performs Black, Brown and Beige at Carnegie Hall [4:57]
Disc #4 -- History of Black Achievement in America, Vol. 4
2. 1950: Ralph Bruce Wins the Nobel Peace Prize [4:19]
3. 1950: Gwendolyn Brooks Becomes the First Black Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize [4:47]
4. 1954: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas [2:50]
5. 1955: Rosa Parks Refuses to Give up Her Seat to a White Passenger on a Montgomery Bus [2:36]
6. 1956: Althea Gibson, First Black Woman to Win a Tennis Grand Slam Event [3:05]
7. 1959: Lorraine Hansberry's Play A Raisin in the Sun Is Produced [5:25]
8. 1963: Martin Luther King Jr. Delivers His I Have a Dream Speech [4:10]
2. 1967: Muhammad Ali Refuses Induction Into the U.S. Army on Religious Grounds [6:01]
3. 1967: Thurgood Marshall, First Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice [3:52]
4. 1977: Alex Haley's Roots: The Saga of An American Family Appears on TV [4:53]
5. 2001: Colin Powell Appointed Secretary of State [3:31]
6. 2004: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Becomes Astrophysics' Superstar [5:29]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- History of Black Achievement in America, Vol. 1
   Program One: Settling the New World and Founding the U.S.A. - Play
   Program One: Settling the New World and Founding the U.S.A. - Scene Selections
   Program Two: Emergence of the Black Hero - Play
   Program Two: Emergence of the Black Hero - Scene Selections
   Subtitles
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      English
      Spanish
   Extras
      Photo Gallery
      Instructions to View and Print Documents
         To Access the Extra Documents, Please Do the Following: For PC Users: Double Click on "My Computer." Right Click on the DVD Icon and Select Explore. Double Click on the Folder Extras. Double Click on the Desired Document. For Mac Users: Double Click on the DVD Icon on Your Desktop. Double Click on the Folder Extras. Double Click on the Desired Document.
   About Ambrose
Disc #2 -- History of Black Achievement in America, Vol. 2
   Program Three: The Fight for Freedom - Play
   Program Three: The Fight for Freedom - Scene Selections
   Program Four: Blacks Enter the Gilded Age - Play
   Program Four: Blacks Enter the Gilded Age - Scene Selections
   Subtitles
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      English
      Spanish
   Extras
      Photo Gallery
      Instructions to View and Print Documents
         To Access the Extra Documents, Please Do the Following: For PC Users: Double Click on "My Computer." Right Click on the DVD Icon and Select Explore. Double Click on the Folder Extras. Double Click on the Desired Document. For Mac Users: Double Click on the DVD Icon on Your Desktop. Double Click on the Folder Extras. Double Click on the Desired Document.
   About Ambrose
Disc #3 -- History of Black Achievement in America, Vol. 3
   Program Five: The Foundation of Equality - Play
   Program Five: The Foundation of Equality - Scene Selections
   Program Six: Depression and War - Play
   Program Six: Depression and War - Scene Selections
   Subtitles
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      English
      Spanish
   Extras
      Photo Gallery
      Instructions to View and Print Documents
         To Access the Extra Documents, Please Do the Following: For PC Users: Double Click on "My Computer." Right Click on the DVD Icon and Select Explore. Double Click on the Folder Extras. Double Click on the Desired Document. For Mac Users: Double Click on the DVD Icon on Your Desktop. Double Click on the Folder Extras. Double Click on the Desired Document.
   About Ambrose
Disc #4 -- History of Black Achievement in America, Vol. 4
   Program Seven: Civil Rights - Play
   Program Seven: Civil Rights - Scene Selections
   Program Eight: A New Age - Play
   Program Eight: A New Age - Scene Selections
   Subtitles
      Off
      English
      Spanish
   Extras
      Photo Gallery
      Instructions to View and Print Documents
         To Access the Extra Documents, Please Do the Following: For PC Users: Double Click on "My Computer." Right Click on the DVD Icon and Select Explore. Double Click on the Folder Extras. Double Click on the Desired Document. For Mac Users: Double Click on the DVD Icon on Your Desktop. Double Click on the Folder Extras. Double Click on the Desired Document.
   About Ambrose
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