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Underground Railroad (History Channel)

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They were determined to undo slavery one person at a time, even at the risk of imprisonment-or death. Alfre Woodard hosts this inspiring journey to freedom, with historical documents and interviews with descendants telling the tale of the history, heroes and villains of the Abolitionist movement. Includes A&E's Biography: Frederick Douglass , segments on the Emancipation Proclamation, Dredd Scott case and Harriet Tubman, and a timeline. 1998/color/120 min/NR/Stereo.

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The Underground Railroad, "the first civil rights movement," was no mere act of civil disobedience. The secret network of guides, pilots, and safe-house keepers (the Railroad's "conductors") was built by runaway slaves who, over the decades, communicated their experiences through songs and secret gestures, and were supported by abolitionists (many of them former slaves) who risked their own freedom to help free the enslaved. The "passengers" risked their lives.

A wealth of photos, documents, and commentary by modern historians provides the broad lines of history, but it comes alive in the individual stories of conductors and passengers, among them abolitionist and historian William Still, called the "Father of the Underground Railroad," and Henry "Box" Brown, who mailed himself to freedom in a cargo crate. They (and many others) take their place beside Harriet Tubman ("the Moses of her people") and Frederick Douglass as courageous heroes in America's first integrated social movement.

The DVD also features the Biography episode on Frederick Douglass, the complete text of the Emancipation Proclamation, a biographical essay on Harriet Tubman, and other historical background pieces. --Sean Axmaker


Special Features

  • "Frederick Douglass" episode of A&E Biography
  • Background information on the Dred Scott case
  • Harriet Tubman biography
  • Timeline of key historical events

Product Details

  • Actors: Alfre Woodard
  • Directors: Jeff Lengyel
  • Producers: Jeff Lengyel, Steve Kroopnick, Stu Schreiberg, Susan Michaels
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007GZYD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,349 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Underground Railroad (History Channel)" on IMDb

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