African Americans Pt. 3, "Into the Fire" airs on Tuesday, November 5th at 7 pm

Oct 29, 2013

“Into the Fire” examines the most tumultuous and consequential period in African-American history: the Civil War and the end of slavery, and Reconstruction’s thrilling but brief “moment in the sun.” From the beginning, African Americans were agents of their liberation — by fleeing the plantations and taking up arms to serve in the United States Colored Troops. After Emancipation, African Americans sought to realize the promise of freedom — rebuilding families shattered by slavery; demanding economic, political and civil rights; even winning elected office — but a few years later, an intransigent South mounted a swift and vicious campaign of terror to restore white supremacy and roll back African-American rights. Yet the achievements of Reconstruction remained in the collective memory of the African-American community.

African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross "Into the Fire (1861-1896)" airs on Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m. on channels 3 and 3-1.