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Emancipation Road

America was founded on the idea that all men are endowed with inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, yet the country had nearly four million slaves. This is a story of slavery and a 250 year journey down Emancipation Road.

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Season 1
  • Season 1 | Episode 1 
    Shadows of Slavery
    1625-1863: An indepth look into the history of slavery in the United States, from the beginnings of the Atlantic slave trade to the Civil War.
  • Season 1 | Episode 2 
    Emancipation Proclamation
    1863-1870: Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and its effect on the end of the Civil War, the Reconstruction era in the South, and the eventual Constitutional amendments passed to protect it.
  • Season 1 | Episode 3 
    Separate But Equal
    1870-1909:  An examination of African-American life through the end of the 19th Century, and the disparity that divided society into "separate but equal" facilities.
  • Season 1 | Episode 4 
    Regardless of the Color of One's Skin
    1909-WWII: Beginning with the founding of the NAACP, this episode examines the societal changes that helped accelerate African American advancement in the early 20th Century.
  • Season 1 | Episode 5 
    Double Victory
    1945-1963: African American soldiers celebrated a double victory: Defeat of the Axis powers, and greater acceptance in the military following their devoted service. On the home front, however, the stage was being set for the Civil Rights Era.
  • Season 1 | Episode 6 
    Civil Rights Era
    1963-1968: A look at the protests, demonstrations, and prominent figures of the Civil Rights Movement that finally ended segregation in the United States.
  • Season 1 | Episode 7 
    Heroes of Hope
    1968-Today: This final episode looks at some of the groundbreaking African American heroes in the years following the Civil Rights movement, up through President Barack Obama.