The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Featured Interviewees – EPISODE 2

Air date: 10/22/2013

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Featured Interviewees


Episode Two: The Age of Slavery (1800-1860)

Tuesday, October 29, 8-9 p.m.


The Age of Slavery illustrates how black lives changed dramatically in the aftermath of the American Revolution. For free black people in places like Philadelphia, these years were a time of tremendous opportunity. But for most African Americans, this era represented a new nadir. King Cotton fueled the rapid expansion of slavery into new territories, and a Second Middle Passage forcibly relocated African Americans from the Upper South into the Deep South. Yet as slavery intensified, so did resistance. From individual acts to mass rebellions, African Americans demonstrated their determination to undermine and ultimately eradicate slavery in every state in the nation. Courageous individuals, such as Harriet Tubman, Richard Allen and Frederick Douglass, played a crucial role in forcing the issue of slavery to the forefront of national politics, helping to create the momentum that would eventually bring the country to war.

Daina Ramey Berry, associate professor of history at the University of Texas-Austin

Location: Natchez Trace Parkway, Natchez, MS


David W. Blight, professor of history at Yale University

Location: Washington, DC


Vincent Brown, Charles Warren Professor of History at Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, MA


Rochelle Bush, Salem Chapel BME historian and descendant of runaway slaves

Location: Salem Chapel BME, St. Catharines, Canada


Steven Deyle, associate professor of history at the University of Houston

Location: Statesboro, GA


Doug R. Egerton, professor of history at Le Moyne College

Locations: Slave Burial Grounds, Richmond, VA and Joseph Bryan Park, Richmond, VA


Thavolia Glymph, associate professor of African and African American studies at Duke University

Location: Cambridge, MA


Vanessa M. Holden, assistant professor of history at Michigan State University

Location: Southampton, VA


Thomas C. Holt, professor of American and African American history at the University Chicago

Location: Nathan and Polly Johnson House, New Bedford, MA


Kate Clifford Larson, adjunct lecturer of history at Simmons College

Location: Corbit-Sharp House, Odessa, DE


Richard Newman, professor of history at Rochester Institute of Technology

Locations: Piscataway Park, Accokeek, MD and Mother Bethel AME Church, Philadelphia, PA


Bernard Powers, professor of history at College of Charleston

Location: Brown Fellowship Cemetery, Charleston, SC and Avery Research Center, Charleston, SC

Nikki Taylor, associate professor of history at the University of Cincinnati

Locations: Underground Railroad Museum, Cincinnati, OH and Ohio Riverwalk, Covington, KY


Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler, pastor, Mother Bethel AME Church

Location: Mother Bethel AME Church, Philadelphia, PA


Darrell S. White, director of the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture

Location: Forks of the Road, Natchez, MS


Heather Andrea Williams, professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Locations: Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC and Slave Relics Museum, Walterboro, SC