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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 Alfre Woodard hosts this inspiring journey to freedom, with historical documents and interviews with descendants telling the tale of the history, heroes and villains of the Abolitionist movement.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.
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
I have a number of films on the Civil War, Civil Rights and slavery but, not much on the Underground Railroad. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Richard B
Great documentary. I used it in my classroom for Social Studies and even my students loved it. A lot of depth and new knowledge for viewers. Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. Sappington
"Underground Railroad" is a documentary covering the escape of slaves before the American Civil War.
- Important and fascinating subject matter. Read more
some videos are just classic videos with good useful info to learn about and pass on, this has that. we enjoyed it.Published on May 8, 2013 by M. Williams
the history channel always does a great job of narrating a topic and this one is no exception. Alfre Woodard is a great host and this film is a great view on the Underground... Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by WritingIrish
Alfre Woodard does an excellent job as narrator! It is a great teaching tool! My students really learned about American History!Published on March 19, 2013 by lovethatjazz
I thought they did a very good job of presenting many interesting facts and photos. No info on the quilts that were used at this time, but that's ok as there is a lot of other... Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by cs