American Experience

One Slave Makes a Difference

Clip: Season 1 | 1m 26s

George Latimer arrived in Boston in the fall of 1842, only to be thrown in jail at the request of a Virginia planter. Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison rallied other local abolitionists to call for Latimer's freedom. It worked, and within months Massachusetts passed the Personal Liberty Act, which would soon have nationwide ramifications.

Aired: 01/08/13

Rating: NR

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