American Experience: The Abolitionists

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American Experience: The Abolitionists
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3 episodes in this series

Episode 1 The Abolitionists Part 1
Shared beliefs about slavery bring together Angelina Grimke, the daughter of a Charleston plantation family, who moves north and becomes a public speaker against slavery; Frederick Douglass, a young slave…
Episode 2 The Abolitionists Part 2
Douglass escapes slavery, eventually joining Garrison in the anti-slavery movement. Threatened with capture by his former owner, Douglass flees to England, returning to the U.S. in 1847. He launches his…
Episode 3 The Abolitionists Part 3
The battle between pro-slavery and free-soil contingents rises to fever pitch. During his raid on Harpers Ferry, John Brown is captured, then executed, becoming a martyr for the cause. Abraham…

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A brilliant trio of episodes. Unfortunately, with the exception of Frederick Douglass, it focuses on "white saviors" rather than on how African Americans built systems of resistance; their voices go unheard. Nonetheless, the narrative is inspiring and informative. This documentary should ...Read more

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