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We Stand At The Crossroads
Part of the Series: The Promised Land
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 stockyards and steel mills and they adapted easily to life on the assembly line. But the dream of the promised…
Any Place But Here
Part of the Series: The Promised Land
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 millions to escape from near slavery and segregation in Mississippi for Chicago, which promised freedom and dignity. Chicago in 1942…
The Walls Of Jericho
Part of the Series: The Promised Land
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 black Americans left the Deep South for "the promised land". The black tenement blocks of the South and West sides…
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More Angry Than Afraid
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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 alleviate black poverty. But the plan had only boosted the growth of black ghettos. Black citizens cried out against paternalistic…
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The Promised Land
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Compared favourably to Roots, this series was transmitted to rave reviews in America, was repeated in one five-hour-long showing in a prime time Saturday evening slot and was nominated for an International Emmy. Based on Nicholas Lemann's international bestseller, it follows the 1940-1960 migration of more than five million African…