The makers of The Abolitionists describe making a film about a "transformative moment in American history that stemmed from the actions of ordinary individuals."
With the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the war merged with the abolitionist cause. But the Union had to win, or the Proclamation would mean nothing.
The death of Harriet Beecher Stowe's son allowed her to imagine the pain of an enslaved mother's separation from her child.
The Anti-Slavery Society's great postal campaign of 1835 flooded the South with abolitionist literature — and created a backlash.