This Side of the River: Self Determination and Survival in the Oldest Black Town in America

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Settled by freed slaves in 1865 and incorporated in 1885, Princeville, NC is among the oldest towns in the United States founded entirely by African-Americans. Princeville’s survival through racial prejudice, economic hardships, and devastating floods is an illuminating, and previously untold, chapter of American history.


Produced by Ryan Rowe and Drew Grimes. 52 minutes + bonus features. This is the original, full-length version. A half-hour broadcast version is also available on the compilation The Road Less Traveled (forthcoming).


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