EVERY WEDNESDAY World Events

Discover the real story behind the rise and fall of empires, from historic to holy. Witness the seismic events that created shockwaves spanning continents and centuries.

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June 19, 2024

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History's Mysteries

Human Bondage

The heartbreaking story of Africans forcibly enslaved and shipped to America is a well-known tale; yet, it is just one tragic episode in the saga of world slavery. For nearly 6,000 years of recorded history, conquerors have imprisoned their enemies and forced them to act as laborers, warriors, and often sexual partners. It is a system that is responsible for the rise and fall of some of the world's greatest civilizations--and it's still going on today!

9:00A

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1:00A

Story Feature

Stories From the Road to Freedom

This 2-hour special, narrated by Deon Cole, gives a fresh perspective of the black movement in America, from Emancipation to the Civil Rights era. The special uses first-hand accounts, rare audio recordings, never-before-seen archival footage, and home movies to chronicle African American life as lived by regular people, in their own words, through 150 years of social upheaval.

11:00A

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3:00A

Civil War Journal

Freedom's Road: Slavery and the Opposition

In Philadelphia in 1776, a bargain was struck with South Carolina allowing slavery--it was a deal that would lead to disaster.

12:00P

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4:00A

10 Things You Don’t Know About

Civil Rights

Henry cracks open the books on one of America's most defining chapters--the Civil Rights movement. On a road not often traveled, he crosses the country in search of the unknown stories that built a generation of heroes. From the little-known actions of iconic pioneers like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Lyndon Johnson to the many courageous deeds of unheralded champions, there's much more to America's fight for equality than you've been taught.

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9:00P

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10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America

Freedom Summer

In 1964, national attention turned to Mississippi when three Civil Rights workers (two white and one black) were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. This watershed moment eventually led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

2:00P

10:00P

6:00A

Biography

Frederick Douglass

The life of the great abolitionist who escaped slavery in 1838 and used his talents as a writer and orator to fight for emancipation. Douglass edited an abolitionist newspaper, recruited black regiments during the Civil War, and advised President Lincoln.

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Biography

Thurgood Marshall

Profile of the crusading attorney and civil rights activist who led the fight against school desegregation and became the first African-American to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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