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Empires of Gold | Hour Three
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Africa's Great Civilizations

Empires of Gold

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers the complex trade networks and advanced educational institutions that transformed early north and west Africa from deserted lands into the continent's wealthiest kingdoms and learning centers.

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A small town near a mountain range. | "Africa's Great Civilizations: Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations"
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Africa's Great Civilizations

Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations

Gates explores the dynamism of 19th-century Africa, the "scramble" by European powers for its riches, and the defiant and successful stand of uncolonized Ethiopia.
A man holding a cane stands by an ocean. | "Africa's Great Civilizations: The Atlantic Age"
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Africa's Great Civilizations

The Atlantic Age

Gates explores the impact of the Atlantic trading world, giving rise to powerful new kingdoms, but also transatlantic slave trade. Learn of the revolutionary movements of the 18th-early 19th centuries, including the advent of the Sokoto Caliphate.
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Africa's Great Civilizations

The Cross and the Crescent

Gates charts the rise of Christianity and Islam, whose economic and cultural influence stretched from Egypt to Ethiopia. Learn of African religious figures like King Lalibela, an Ethiopian saint, and Menelik, bringer of the Ark of the Covenant.
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Africa's Great Civilizations

Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations | Hour Six

Explore the dynamism of 19th century Africa and the "scramble” for its riches.
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Africa's Great Civilizations

The Atlantic Age | Hour Five

Explores the impact of the Atlantic world and the transatlantic slave trade.
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Africa's Great Civilizations

Cities | Hour Four

Explores the great African cities and their wealth and industry.
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Africa's Great Civilizations

Empires of Gold | Hour Three

Uncover complex trade networks & educational institutions in north and west Africa.
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Africa's Great Civilizations

The Cross and The Crescent | Hour Two

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. charts the rise and impact of Christianity and Islam across Africa.
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Africa's Great Civilizations

Origins | Hour One

Uncover the origins of man and early human society in Africa with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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