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American Cultural History African Americans

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When we look at America as a whole, we tend to see the enchilada- not its ingredients. We acknowledge that African Americans have made some significant contributions to American culture, but are blissfully oblivious to the fact that they are an inalienable part of the fiber of this country's democracy, language, sports and politics...not to mention the fact that the very foundations of the modern America were laid by slave labor. This DVD explores the social and cultural ancestry of African Americans in wide focus, and cannot fail to expand our mental horizons on this valuable segment of our national community.

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The journey from slavery to emancipation ... There can be no dispute over the fact that African Americans have had an extremely rough ride in America - their adopted land. Being part of the cultural mainstream has reduced the problems they face a little, but how far can we claim that they have really been accepted? Maybe what the situation calls for is a little objectivity. When we look at America as a whole, we tend to see the enchilada - not its ingredients. We acknowledge that African Americans have made some significant contributions to American culture, but are blissfully oblivious to the fact that they are an inalienable part of the fiber of this country’s democracy, language, sports and politics... not to mention the fact that the very foundations of the modern America were laid by slave labor. If one considers factors like the Ku Klux Klan, the Civil War and the Jim Crow system as an overall manifestation of white America’s collective outlook, it can safely be said that African Americans have acquitted themselves admirably. It may be time to take a closer look at our established co-habitants’ social roots. Ignorance, after all, is the mother of bigotry, while information always leads to maturity... This DVD explores the social and cultural ancestry of African Americans in wide focus, and cannot fail to expand our mental horizons on this valuable segment of our national community. In the American Cultural History - African American DVD, we are given a humane look at the social and everyday life of colored Americans over a period spanning 40 years.

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Product Details

  • Producers: A2ZCDS
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: TravelVideoStore.com
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2015
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009RS092
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,191 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Some sociologists say that in America all racism is White Racism. In other words, any black racism is a reaction to what whites have done to blacks over the years. This DVD makes that case in a very striking way, but showing us older documentary footage of blacks in America speaking about their experiences trying to live the American dream. It's heartbreaking to see what we have done to these people over the years, but also heartwarming to see American Blacks work hard to overcome the racist barriers in their lives.
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In the world I live in the idea that blacks are equal to whites is taken for granted. I've never really seen hardcore racism in my lifetime.

Of course, I've read in history books about the civil rights movement and slavery, so I ordered this disk in order to try to learn more.

All I can say is that it was a real learning experience. The DVD consists of a series of films documenting the state of the African American experience in America from the depression up unil the early 1970s and it was much bleaker than I thought.

What made the disk not too depressing for me was the clips about how black people were still able to be happy and work to overcome the great wrongs society was doing to them.
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