Segments in this Video

Humans of a Different Order? (03:42)


Haskell Ward recounts the arrival of 20 Africans to Jamestown in 1619. Over the course of 250 years, over 15 million Africans arrive as slaves. Experts discuss the class of people taken and their notion of self; religion becomes a common ground.

Jamestown, an Africans' Point of Entry (02:21)

Today, Jamestown represents the period of the first British settlement; it tells the history until 1614. Henry Bond discusses Blacks identifying Jamestown as a place of pilgrimage. Blacks are the only Americans brought to America against their will.

A Notion of Color (02:15)

Experts discuss the justification of Africa as a source of free labor. The definition of who is a slave takes root as the African's role is defined in the new world. By the 1640s it is clear that slavery is institutionalized in Virginia. We hear the poem "Life."

"The Great Compromise" (04:37)

Experts discuss the clause in the Declaration of Independence that counts all Blacks as three fifths of a person. In 1868, the three fifths rule is nullified with the passage of the 14th amendment but the image and identity of Blacks is kept apart from society.

Images and Characterizations of Blacks (04:34)

After the Civil War, Blacks struggle with being victims of stereotyping. Africans have to find an acceptable identity to self and society. We see brief clips of "Judge Priest" and a cartoon depicting stereotypes of Black men and Black women.

Antipathy to Being African (03:57)

Experts discuss distinguishing a racial stereotype from a positive racial attribute, and the depiction of Africans in "Tarzan the Fearless." An expert discusses a baby doll experiment carried out by Kenneth and Mamie Clark.

African Americans in Major Sports (03:14)

W.E.B DuBois published "The Souls of Black People" in 1903. Blacks expect to live in a dual society. We see brief clips of athletic Blacks. Experts discuss the acceptance of Blacks in sports and the myths about what they can and cannot do.

Blacks Tell Their Own Story (02:54)

Blacks establish "Freedom's Journal" in 1827; there are currently over 300 Black newspapers. Experts discuss the accuracy and frequency of printing news stories and the dominant press. Jesse Jackson says Blacks are projected in five deadly ways.

Stories of the Black Experience (02:51)

Music is the most enduring form of expression and thoughts for the Black community. Professor Ojeda Penn states that there is no barrier between and individual and music. Jazz is an original form of music created by African Americans.

A New African American Intellect (02:50)

Psychologist Portia Hunt states that more young Black people are going beyond the barriers of previous generations. We see clips of prominent Black professionals on television; Blacks still face issues with the roles that they can portray.

A Struggle to Achieve (05:29)

A monument in Jamestown is a tribute to settlers that arrived between 1607-1614; there is no recognition for the Blacks brought on slave ships. Douglas Wilder is the first Black governor of any state. Experts discuss prominent roles of African Americans.

African American Experience (04:11)

Jamestown begins the 370 year journey of Africans and African Americans. Jesse Jackson discusses affirming the worth of all people in a multi-cultural setting. Experts discuss new ways of thinking and cultivating respect in a diversified society.

Credits: Origins (01:13)

Credits: Origins

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This program begins with the arrival of 20 enslaved Africans brought to Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619 and examines the impact of slavery on African Americans. C. Eric Lincoln, professor of philosophy and religion at Duke University and a noted authority on African-American religion, explains why African roots are important to African Americans and shows how the African cultural heritage—music, dance, art, blues, and storytelling—manifests itself in American life. (46 minutes)

Length: 46 minutes

Item#: BVL2988

ISBN: 978-1-4213-2423-4

Copyright date: ©1990

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