The invention of the cotton gin revolutionized the worldwide textile industry, and with it the dynamics of the slavery in America. This video is an excerpt from Episode Two, The Age of Slavery, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.Premiere Date: October 29, 2013 | Runtime: 00:03:58
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This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to todaywhen America has a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.