Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $1.00 Gift Card
Trade in
Have one to sell? Sell yours here

American Experience: Roots of Resistance: A Story of the Underground Railroad (1990)

- , Orlando Bagwell  |  NR |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Available from these sellers.

Save on Top Movies $4.99 or Less
Save on top movies $4.99 or less in our featured deals and new releases store. Shop now

Product Details

  • Actors: -
  • Directors: Orlando Bagwell
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WGBH Boston
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000A0GYLE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,761 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features


Editorial Reviews

Men and women black and white risked their lives to carve an elaborate network of escape routes out of slavery- the Underground Railroad. System Requirements:Running Time: 56 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/MISC. Age: 7+ UPC: 783421400894 Manufacturer No: WG40089

Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
3.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
2 star
1 star
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Proud Black Resistance April 6, 2007
Though the screen first says "American Experience," the techniques and style alone prove that it was not made by the series. Plus, I don't remember the series being around in 1990 when this was produced.

Along those lines, this was made in film, rather than video. There are no cheesy reenactments, instead props serve as symbols for historical facts. This work only had one historian interviewed; the other interviewees were the descendants of slaves and slave masters.

Abolition doesn't even come up in the first third of the documentary. I think the makers wanted to emphasize why slaves would want to run away first. I learned that Nat Turner was a minister, not an organic revolutionary. I learned that one of every 40 slaves ran away successfully. Not only did they flee to Canada, but Mexico and the Seminole Nation as well. I love learning more details about familiar topics.

This would be a good documentary to watch in high school and junior high history classes. The biracial interviewees and abolitionists may make white Americans not feel "threatened" by the subject of American slavery.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category