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Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations | Hour Six

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

The Atlantic Age | Hour Five

Explores the impact of the Atlantic world and the transatlantic slave trade.

Cities | Hour Four

Explores the great African cities and their wealth and industry.

Empires of Gold | Hour Three

Uncover complex trade networks & educational institutions in north and west Africa.

About Africa's Great Civilizations

In his six-hour series, AFRICA’S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Afric

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