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The African Roots of Black Music

The African Roots of Black Music

In this episode we look at how African music transcended the Atlantic slave trade and how elements of the African roots of music became infused into the antebellum slave plantations through Black Spirituals, Gospels, slave work songs, and blues becoming the foundation of Black music in America today.

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Blacks and Revolutionary America

Blacks and Revolutionary America

In this live stream, we explore the contradictions between the Enlightenment, the American Revolution, and Black freedom. While white revolutionaries fought for freedom from British rule in 1776, Blacks in revolutionary America had their own aspirations for freedom.

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California, The Fugitive Slave, and the Compromise of 1850

California, The Fugitive Slave, and the Compromise of 1850

In this video, I break down the various ways in which the sectional debate over slavery impacted the formation of California. The impact of the slavery debate can be seen in the placement of California’s eastern border and in the struggle to keep slavery out of California…and ex-slaves in it.

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Freedom in Black and White

Freedom in Black and White

Support African Elements via Patreon; patreon.com/africanelements. In this video we’re going to examine the notion of “freedom,” and why it’s been such an elusive thing for black folks to obtain.

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Black Politics and Anti-Black Politics

Black Politics and Anti-Black Politics

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In this video, to we look at Black politics and anti-Black politics and some creative ways of shaping political dynamics in the black community.

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