American Experience: The Abolitionists
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American Experience: The Abolitionists

Tuesday, January 22 at 9:00 p.m.

Vividly bringing to life the epic struggles of the men and women who fought to end slavery, "The Abolitionists" tells the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown.

Fighting body and soul, they led the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation.

Black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists tore the nation apart in order to form a more perfect union. The series, which tells the story largely through period drama narrative, airs 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in January 1863.

Explore the story of the anti-slavery movement through "American Experience's" Abolitionist Map of America. Link to:

Museums, institutions and PBS stations have partnered with "American Experience" to bring you archival images, documents and videos related to abolitionism. For educators, this map is an exciting resource for teaching place-based history, primary source analysis, local history and other social studiens topics, all while engaging students in technology.