Rise! examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable. Beginning in World War II, African Americans who helped fight fascism abroad came home to face the same old racial violence. But this time, mass media — from print to radio and TV — broadcast that injustice to the world, planting seeds of resistance. And the success of black entrepreneurs and entertainers fueled African-American hopes and dreams.
Boston, MA -- November 10, 2013 -- Downton Abbey, the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as "an absolute pleasure to watch," will return to MASTERPIECE on PBS for a fifth season. Production will begin in 2014.
"As American audiences ready themselves for the January 5th premiere of Season 4, our devoted Dowton Abbey fans will rest easy knowing that a fifth season is on the way," says MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton.
During the Jim Crow era, African Americans struggled to build their own worlds within the harsh, narrow confines of segregation. At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African Americans migrated away from the South, fleeing racial violence and searching for better opportunities in the North and the West. At the same time, there was an ascendance of black arts and culture, such as The Harlem Renaissance.