Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Africans In America

GUESTS: Orlando Bagwell Executive Producer of the PBS series, "Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery" Founder and President, ROJA Productions Ira Berlin Editor "Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation" [New Press, 1998] Professor of History, University of Maryland Charles Johnson S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollack Professor of Creative Writing, University of Washington Contributed 12 fictional short stories to "Africans in America" -the companion book to the PBS series [Hardcourt Brace, 1998] The PBS series "Africans in America" is a story of slavery - from the early 1600s to just before the start of the Civil War. Told through the journals and recollections of slaves, planters and U.S. presidents, the story of slavery is revealed to be central in shaping our nation's history. Join Ray Suarez and guests for a look at the upcoming PBS documentary series, "Africans in America" and how slavery has helped shape our national identity.