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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Amazing documentary.....we were taught that slavery was ended by Abraham Lincoln.
The real heroes were Garrison, Brown, and Frederick Douglass. Read more
Is engaging for adults and for teenagers as it follows the lives of America's most famous abolitionists.Published 2 months ago by A. D. Barnette
This TV series is well made, both historically and film wise. It is really great with bringing the pro-slavery movements to life.Published 3 months ago by Matthew Siau
I use this in my 8th grade classroom. We only have time for Episode One, but my students have reported seeking out Episodes Two and Three on their own. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jovi Girl
This documentary contained historical facts about some of the leading abolitionists of the time. It also revealed the disturbing information that President Abraham Lincoln's... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I use this when I teach my American history classes to bring the struggle against slavery to life for my kids.Published 7 months ago by Robenstein