The Promised Land

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Any Place But Here
After reconstruction, white Americans began to take political and civil rights from the black citizens. The first episode sets the historical scene, examining the politics, poverty and aspirations that motivated…
Sweet Home Chicago
In the autumn of 1944, the mechanical cotton picker ended the South's need for people to pick cotton by hand. At the same time, Chicago's munitions factories were desperate for…
We Stand At The Crossroads
Alive with the music of Mahalia Jackson and Muddy Waters, this episode describes how rural people blended into Chicago's urban culture. In the 1950s, there were abundant jobs in the…
More Angry Than Afraid
This programme is a look through the eyes of migrant families at Chicago's turbulent events in the late 1960s and early 1970s. President Johnson's Great Society plan was supposed to…
The Walls Of Jericho
Today more than a third of the population of Chicago is black. It's a direct result of the Great Migration between the 1930s and 70s when more than five million…

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