This BBC-TV and Discovery Channel co-production is a tree-tape program chronicling the migration of millions of rural Southern blacks from the segregated South to Chicago between 1930 and 1970. The first chapter in the saga, Promised Land: Take Me to Chicago, traces the beginnings of the greatest peacetime migration in history with firsthand accounts. From Jim Crow laws to the development of the mechanical cotton picker, blacks had sufficient reason to leave the South and to place their hopes in the promised land of the North. The series is based on the book The Promised Land by Nicholas Lemann and is narrated by Morgan Freeman. The companion videos are Promised Land: Dream Deferred and Promised Land: Strong Men Keep a-Comin'.
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