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The Central Park Five: Ken Burns (Classroom Edition)

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Catalogue Number:  041625
Producer:  PBS Video
Subject:  Black History, Criminal Justice & Law, Diversity, History, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Sociology, Violence
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  U.S.
Copyright Year:  2013
Running Time:  120


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In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. They spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned. Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, The Central Park Five tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.


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