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    Video thumbnail: American Experience What Was the Dred Scott Decision?

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    What Was the Dred Scott Decision?

    In 1857 the Supreme Court ruled against Dred Scott, a slave who sought freedom.

    What Was the Dred Scott Decision?

    Video thumbnail: American Experience John Brown Puts His Accusers on Trial

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    John Brown Puts His Accusers on Trial

    The raid on Harpers Ferry failed, but Brown successfully brought attention his cause.

    John Brown Puts His Accusers on Trial

    Video thumbnail: American Experience William Lloyd Garrison, Pacifism, and Abolitionism

    American Experience

    William Lloyd Garrison, Pacifism, and Abolitionism

    By 1859, the conflict between North and South challenged Garrison's "peace man" status.

    William Lloyd Garrison, Pacifism, and Abolitionism

    Video thumbnail: American Experience The Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War

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    The Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War

    Abolitionist support for the Union Army grew thanks to the Emancipation Proclamation.

    The Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Lincoln's Uncertain Commitment to Emancipation

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    Lincoln's Uncertain Commitment to Emancipation

    Would President Lincoln sign the Emancipation Proclamation? Abolitionists were unsure.

    Lincoln's Uncertain Commitment to Emancipation

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Frederick Douglass Writes His Autobiography

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    Frederick Douglass Writes His Autobiography

    In his 1845 book, Douglass told the truth about his life as a slave, despite the risk.

    Frederick Douglass Writes His Autobiography

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Slavery  and the Mexican-American War

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    Slavery and the Mexican-American War

    The Mexican-American war (1846-1848) changed the slavery debate.

    Slavery and the Mexican-American War

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Map History With Us!

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    Map History With Us!

    Download the American Experience: Mapping History iPhone app, featuring The Abolitionists.

    Map History With Us!

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Frederick Douglass Reacts

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    Frederick Douglass Reacts

    In 1833, Frederick Douglass was sent to a slave breaker to be beaten back into submission.

    Frederick Douglass Reacts

    Video thumbnail: American Experience The Economics of Slavery

    American Experience

    The Economics of Slavery

    What was the economic value of slavery to 19th century American life?

    The Economics of Slavery

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Violence Against Abolitionists

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    Violence Against Abolitionists

    Abolitionists were surprised by the vehement reactions to their 1835 postal campaign.

    Violence Against Abolitionists

    Video thumbnail: American Experience A Radical Wedding and a Violent Response

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    A Radical Wedding and a Violent Response

    Abolitionists Theodore Weld and Angelina Grimke wed in a "scandalous" 1838 ceremony.

    A Radical Wedding and a Violent Response

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Will Kansas Be a Free Soil State?

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    Will Kansas Be a Free Soil State?

    In 1856, disagreements about whether Kansas would be a free or slave state grew violent.

    Will Kansas Be a Free Soil State?

    Video thumbnail: American Experience The Abolitionists

    American Experience

    The Abolitionists

    Premiering January 8 2013. Turning a fringe movement into a force that changed the nation.

    The Abolitionists

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Burning Abolitionist Literature

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    Burning Abolitionist Literature

    The Anti-Slavery Society's great postal campaign of 1835 triggered a wave of repression.

    Burning Abolitionist Literature

    Video thumbnail: American Experience William Lloyd Garrison arrives in Boston

    American Experience

    William Lloyd Garrison arrives in Boston

    William Lloyd Garrison moved to Boston at 22. Abolishing slavery is his main cause.

    William Lloyd Garrison arrives in Boston

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Garrison Introduces Douglass

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    Garrison Introduces Douglass

    William Lloyd Garrison speaks to a crowd in Nantucket and introduces Frederick Douglass.

    Garrison Introduces Douglass

    Video thumbnail: American Experience A Eulogy to the Movement

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    A Eulogy to the Movement

    Frederick Douglass offers a eulogy to the abolitionist movement at Garrison's funeral.

    A Eulogy to the Movement

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Fugitive Slave Act

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    Fugitive Slave Act

    The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 made the hunting down of escaped slaves full legal.

    Fugitive Slave Act

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Angelina Grimke Rebels

    American Experience

    Angelina Grimke Rebels

    Despite living in luxury, Angelina Grimke believed slavery was a sin of God.

    Angelina Grimke Rebels

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Garrison Publishes "The Liberator"

    American Experience

    Garrison Publishes "The Liberator"

    William Lloyd Garrison published the first issue of "The Liberator" on January 1, 1831.

    Garrison Publishes "The Liberator"

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Angelina Grimke Goes Public

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    Angelina Grimke Goes Public

    After reading reports of pro-slavery violence, Angelina Grimke began to speak out publicly

    Angelina Grimke Goes Public

    Video thumbnail: American Experience A Viral Campaign against Slavery

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    A Viral Campaign against Slavery

    In 1835, William Lloyd Garrison and Lewis Tappan proposed an anti-slavery campaign.

    A Viral Campaign against Slavery

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Defying the Fugitive Slave Law

    American Experience

    Defying the Fugitive Slave Law

    The 1850 Fugitive Slave Law imposed the rule of Slave states onto Free states.

    Defying the Fugitive Slave Law

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Why We Made The Abolitionists

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    Why We Made The Abolitionists

    A "transformative moment in history that stems from actions of ordinary individuals."

    Why We Made The Abolitionists

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Frederick Douglass Begins to Understand Slavery

    American Experience

    Frederick Douglass Begins to Understand Slavery

    Frederick Douglass had just begun his life as a slave when he watched his aunt get beaten

    Frederick Douglass Begins to Understand Slavery

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Angelina Leaves Home

    American Experience

    Angelina Leaves Home

    In 1829, Angelina Grimke left Charleston for an uncertain future in the North.

    Angelina Leaves Home

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Harriet Beecher Stowe Visits a Slave State

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe Visits a Slave State

    On a trip to Kentucky in 1833, Harriet Beecher witnessed slavery up close.

    Harriet Beecher Stowe Visits a Slave State

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Bearing Witness: American Slavery As It Is

    American Experience

    Bearing Witness: American Slavery As It Is

    Theodore Weld, Angelina Grimke, and Sarah Grimke's 1839 book documented slavery's horrors.

    Bearing Witness: American Slavery As It Is

    Video thumbnail: American Experience The Book that Made the War

    American Experience

    The Book that Made the War

    Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in 1852 and changed American opinions on slavery.

    The Book that Made the War

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Women's Voices in the Abolitionist Movement

    American Experience

    Women's Voices in the Abolitionist Movement

    The Grimke sisters, Angelina and Sarah, lectured against slavery throughout the 1830s.

    Women's Voices in the Abolitionist Movement

    Video thumbnail: American Experience Frederick Douglass, Pacifism, and Abolitionism

    American Experience

    Frederick Douglass, Pacifism, and Abolitionism

    Douglass questions the pacifism of white abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison.

    Frederick Douglass, Pacifism, and Abolitionism

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