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Are you interested in seeing how other films and television series have dealt with the people, events, and issues surrounding slavery in America? Check out these significant resources on video or DVD!
Image of 4 VHS set of AFRICANS IN AMERICA series from PBS AFRICANS IN AMERICA
WGBH, Boston, 1998
This four-part series, narrated by Angela Bassett, chronicles the struggles of African people in America. The series includes the following episodes: "The Terrible Transformation" (1450-1750), "Revolution" (1750-1805), "Brotherly Love" (1791-1831), and "Judgment Day" (1831-1865).

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Image of THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presentation of John Brown's Holy War, available from PBS Home Video "John Brown's Holy War"
THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
WGBH, Boston, 1999
This episode looks at anti-slavery revolutionary John Brown and his role in instigating the Civil War.

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Image of THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presentation of Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided, available from PBS Home Video "Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided"
THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
WGBH, Boston, 2001
This three-part mini-series by David Grubin explores the personal lives of the Lincolns, paying special attention to their attitudes toward slavery.

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Image of THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presentation of Reconstruction: The Second Civil War, available from PBS Home Video "Reconstruction: The Second Civil War"
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
WGBH, Boston, 2004
This two-part mini-series looks at the period of 1863-1877 by examining the state of the Union following Civil War and the place former slaves occupied in the reunited country.

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"Roots of Resistance: A Story of the Underground Railroad"
THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
WGBH, Boston, Thirteen/WNET, New York, 1990
This piece tells the story of the Underground Railroad from the perspective of escaped slaves and provides interviews with the descendants of slaves and slave owners. The episode is narrated by Ruby Dee and introduced by David McCullough.

THE CIVIL WAR
PBS, 1990
Acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns' epic five-part series looks at the American Civil War.
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THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW
Thirteen/WNET, New York, 2002
This four-part series examines the history of segregation in America from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement. The following episodes are included in the series: "Promises Betrayed (1745-1896)," "Fighting Back (1896-1917)," "Don't Shout Too Soon (1918-1940)," and "Terror and Triumph (1940-1954)."

"A Fatal Contradiction"
FREEDOM: A HISTORY OF US
Thirteen/WNET, New York, 2003
Episode five of the FREEDOM: A HISTORY OF US series looks at the rise of the abolitionist movement in America and the establishment of the Underground Railroad. The focus is on Frederick Douglass and the influence of the Lincoln-Douglass debates on the expansion of slavery in the West.
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"A War to End Slavery"
FREEDOM: A HISTORY OF US
Thirteen/WNET, New York, 2003
Episode six of the FREEDOM: A HISTORY OF US series examines the Civil War, focusing on the battles of Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg.
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"What is Freedom?"
FREEDOM: A HISTORY OF US
Thirteen/WNET, New York, 2003
Episode seven of the FREEDOM: A HISTORY OF US series examines the era of Reconstruction, tracing it from its hopeful beginnings to its failure and ending with the institution of segregation laws that defined race relations in the following era of American history.
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"There is a River"
THIS FAR BY FAITH
PBS, 2003
Episode 1 of the THIS FAR BY FAITH series examines the introduction of Christianity to Africans and the spiritual traditions of African Americans. It tells the stories of two slaves -- Denmark Vesey and Sojourner Truth, who were inspired by religion to challenge the institution of slavery.

"God is a Negro"
THIS FAR BY FAITH
PBS, 2003
Episode two of the THIS FAR BY FAITH series looks at minister and journalist Henry McNeal Turner's efforts to empower blacks through religion and political participation in the post-bellum south.

ABOLITION: BROKEN PROMISES
A BBC-TV production
Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1998.
This film presents a bleak picture of slavery seen through the eyes of slaves and their descendants. It explores topics including the Fugitive Slave Law, the Ku Klux Klan, and changes in the North's political interest in the fate of African Americans. The piece originally aired on BBC-TV as "Sold Down the River."

DIGGING FOR SLAVES: THE EXCAVATION OF SLAVE SITES
BBC-TV in association with Arts and Entertainment Network.
Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1993.
This film examines the findings of excavations at slave quarters on Middleburg Plantation in South Carolina, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate, and Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.

UNCHAINED MEMORIES: READINGS FROM THE SLAVE NARRTIVES
HBO, 2002
Against a background of both archival and new photographs and footage, performers including Samuel L. Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, and Angela Bassett read selected interviews with former slaves conducted by journalists in the 1930s. The film is narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.

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