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[For suggestions for discussion on this and other documentaries on H-Urban, see my comments at the end of this annoucement. -- WP] Posted by H-Net Central <CAMPBELLD@LYNX.APSU.EDU> >From: firstname.lastname@example.org" "Rev Louis T Garaventa SJ" Beginning tomorrow evening [Sunday, February 12] on The Discovery Channel and continuing through part of the coming week, there will be a special entitled "The Promised Land" inspired by Nicholas Lemann's 1991 book of the same title. It is a five hour BBC presentation that, according to The New York Times, "gives some of the people who took part in the greatest peace-time migration in American history an opportunity to tell what it was like." The Times goes on to say: "This rich documentary, charges with an oppressed people's hopes and strivings, is at once an inspiring and saddening piece of contemporary history." Discovery Channel, beginning 9PM EST, Sunday, 12 February 1995 and continuing through the coming week. As they used to say, check your local listings for time.... Cordially, Louis T. Garaventa, S.J. Co-Moderator H-HIGH-S [I attended a showing of an abridged version of this series on Thursday evening at the DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago. Many of those featured in the film attended. I found the abridged version interesting -- a mixture of old films and photographs, interpersed with interviews of Chicagoans who had been part of the migration, and backed by a musical score of blues, jazz, gospel, and spirituals. I'd be interested in the reactions of other H-Urban subscribers interested in this topic to the series, whether they would recommend it for use in high school or college classrooms, and in what ways they would augment it with readings and discussions. Also, those subscribers who have seen a shorter documentary called "Goin' to Chicago: The Saga of the Black Migration" are invited to comment on the contrasts and similarities between the two films. Any comments on Lemann's THE PROMISED LAND would be welcome, as well. -- Wendy Plotkin, H-Urban Co-Editor]