The History of White People Still from episode 1. (Courtesy of the World Channel)
The History of White People Still from episode 1. (Courtesy of the World Channel)

As Americans recover from celebrating Fourth of July weekend, the World Channel is debuting The History of White People in America, an animated series exploring how race became king in America and shaped the country’s history.

Featuring musical and spoken-word narration, The History of White People in America examines key moments and figures in U.S. history including a workers’ rebellion in Jamestown, the development of the Slave Codes of Virginia and the complicated truths of the relationship between Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson. Each episode presents pivotal moments creating “Whiteness” in America and examines new ideas of race and power that still reverberate today. Check out the trailer below:

The first episode of the series begins streaming on the WORLD YouTube Channel at 3 p.m. ET on Monday, July 6. Episodes two and three will debut at 3 p.m. on July 7 and 8. WORLD Channel is a public television channel dedicated to bringing viewers documentaries and fact-based programming about diversity in the nation and around the world.

This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire. Follow Nsenga on Twitter @Ntellectual.

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