American Experience

The Abolitionists

Season 25 Episode 12 | 2h 34m 1s

The story of how abolitionist allies William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimke turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.

Aired: 01/08/13

Expired: 01/08/16

Rating: NR

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For Season 25 of American Experience, exclusive corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance, major funding by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS stations. Additional funding for The Abolitionists provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, The Yawkey Foundations and The Documentary Investment Group: The Gretchen Stone Cook Charitable Foundation; Robert & Marjie Kargman and Gloria & Burton Rose. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this film do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment For The Humanities.