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Liberty in the Air 

From the 1740s to the 1830s, the institution of slavery continued to support economic development. As the slave population reproduced, American planters became less dependent on the African... See full summary »

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Gail Pellett

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Gail Pellett

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Episode credited cast:
Clement C. Arsenault Clement C. Arsenault ... Reenactor
Darien Bates Darien Bates ... Reenactor
Isiah Beasley Isiah Beasley ... Reenactor
Taquina C. Billupa Taquina C. Billupa ... Reenactor
Chip Bolcik Chip Bolcik ... Pamphleteer
Evelyn Brown Evelyn Brown ... Reenactor
Jordan Brown Jordan Brown ... Petitioner
Joseph Brown Joseph Brown ... Reenactor
Terry Burch Terry Burch ... Reenactor
Steven A. Butler Jr. Steven A. Butler Jr. ... Peter
Steven Butler Steven Butler ... Reenactor
Pilar Carrington Pilar Carrington ... Reenactor
Ade Cobbs-Kounta Ade Cobbs-Kounta ... Reenactor
Tiara Cohen Tiara Cohen ... Reenactor
Jason Cross Jason Cross ... Reenactor
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From the 1740s to the 1830s, the institution of slavery continued to support economic development. As the slave population reproduced, American planters became less dependent on the African slave trade. Ensuing generations of slaves developed a unique culture that blended elements of African and American life. Episode two follows the paths of several African Americans, including Thomas Jefferson's slave Jupiter, Colonel Tye, Elizabeth Freeman, David Walker, and Maria Stewart, Watch a preview as they respond to the increasingly restrictive system of slavery. At the core of this episode is the Revolutionary War, an event which reveals the contradictions of a nation seeking independence while simultaneously denying freedom to its black citizens. Written by PBS

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2005 (USA) See more »

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