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Slavery and the Making of America DVD Set

4.6 out of 5 stars 152 ratings

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SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA is a landmark, four-part series that examines the history of slavery in the United States and the integral role it played in shaping the new country's development.

Breaking with conventional documentary production approaches, the series producers, PBS's Thirteen/WNET New York, have used dramatic re-enactments to take viewers back in time and deep into the slave experience. Much of the story is presented from a unique vantage point - through the eyes of the enslaved.

As factually represented in this series, American slavery evolved from a loosely defined labor system which provided some protection under the law, into the tightly regulated enslavement without recourse, based solely on race.

Underscoring how slavery impacted the growth of this country's Southern and Northern states; the series examines issues still relevant today. The variety of cultures from which the slaves originated provided the budding states with a multitude of skills that had a dramatic effect on the diverse communities. From joining the British in the Revolutionary War, to fleeing to Canada, to joining rebel communities in the U.S., the slaves sought freedom in many ways, ultimately having a far-reaching effect on the new hemisphere they were forced to inhabit.

Acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman narrates the series, which features a score by Michael Whalen.

Programs in this series:
Program 1: The Downward Spiral
Program 2: Liberty in the Air
Program 3: Seeds of Destruction
Program 4: The Challenge of Freedom

Features:
English Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired,
Spanish Subtitles

Review

This four part series, which aired on PBS earlier this year, belongs in every high school library in the country... --School Library Journal

...the series deftly balances strong personal stories with insights into the horrible symbiotic relationship between Northern growth and Southern slavery.... this is recommended. --Booklist


Product details

  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
  • MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
  • Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 2.5 inches; 13.6 Ounces
  • Director : William R. Grant
  • Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Run time : 4 hours
  • Release date : February 8, 2005
  • Actors : Morgan Freeman
  • Subtitles: : English, Spanish
  • Studio : Ambrose Video
  • ASIN : B0007IOTJ8
  • Number of discs : 4
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 152 ratings

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