American Experience: The Abolitionists
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A stunning level of attention was applied to the set pieces that are used for the acting portions of the program. Everything from the majestic plantation homes of the south to the wardrobes is rendered with great care. The cities of period Boston, Baltimore, and New York are similarly recreated with great success, though they are shown in limited scope (which is understandable, given the presumably small budget). Even the horse and buggies (not to mention the dirt roads they traverse) seems to ring of genuine authenticity. Granted, I'm not an expert on history, but I was sold on everything, and instantly transported to another time. Also of great use is that the acting is top notch, and the HD presentation provides fantastic resolution.
Please be warned that there are some scenes, which while brief in length, are disturbing. Lynch mobs and whippings are depicted, though they are not graphic, nor is the violence in any way gratuitous. Given the serious subject matter, the inclusion of this limited violence is certainly understandable.
I wholeheartedly recommend this program not only to fans of American history, but to all citizens of the U.S., for it does an admirable job of presenting the stories of some of this country's greatest heroes- those who dared to oppose the institution of slavery at the expense of their own safety, and in the face of what seemed insurmountable opposition.
I think the program was done tastefully, and honestly without being too graphic.
I missed Part 1 on PBS, so I am certainly purchasing the DVD to have it all complete.
Roland from Ontario Canada
This one was way more in depth on key figures of the Abolitionists movement.
I never new that Fredric Douglas met with John Brown before the raid on the Harpers Ferry Armory;
And that he was a fugitive after the raid with a Federal fugitive warrant placed on his head.
This series really shows how the Federal government kept trying to sidestep the slavery issue and prevent all out civil war with compromise after compromise with the southern slave states.
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I use this when I teach my American history classes to bring the struggle against slavery to life for my kids.Published 2 months ago by Robenstein
A great look at a very difficult and immoral part of the history of this country. But what is past is past and we look forward to a greater country which is colorblind and looks... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bluth
This is excellent in many ways. I am a teacher and used this in my classroom. It is excellent for an example of compare and contrast non-fiction writing as it compares and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by greta
This documentary is fantastic: engaging, thought provoking, and an excellent resource to use in the classroom. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A.L.Teacher
First-class production. Surprisingly well written recreations of historical events. Good information. Highly recommended.Published 7 months ago by C. Dickinson
The unqualified emphasis on white abolitionists is misleading, and both reflects and perpetuates the ongoing effects of enslavement and race terror... Read morePublished 7 months ago by InTheBlack
Should be required viewing in every high school. The struggle told in this is series is about personal character, values and determination but also the incredibly important story... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joseph Meth