President Reagan's "War on Drugs" fell disproportionally hard on black communities as new mandatory drug sentencing laws put a generation of young African Americans in prison. This video is an excerpt from Episode Six: A More Perfect Union (1968 – 2013), the final episode of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.Premiere Date: November 26, 2013 | Runtime: 00:05:12
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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.