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Seeds of Destruction 

One by one the Northern states, led by Vermont in 1777, adopted laws to abolish and phase out slavery. Simultaneously, slavery in the Southern United States entered the period of its ... See full summary »

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Victor St. Clair Alexander Victor St. Clair Alexander ... Reenactor
Michael Allen Michael Allen ... Reenactor
Norval Allen Norval Allen ... Reenactor
Tristan Allen ... Reenactor
Phoebe Bailey Phoebe Bailey ... Reenactor
Pindamon Bailey-Brown Pindamon Bailey-Brown ... Reenactor
Mary Lou Baldi Mary Lou Baldi ... Reenactor
Danielle Banks Danielle Banks ... Reenactor
Sherry Bearden Sherry Bearden ... Reenactor
Seaun Boseda ... Reenactor / Louis Hughes (as Carlo Daquin)
Briana Branche Briana Branche ... Reenactor
Art Brinson Art Brinson ... Reenactor
Ken Brown Ken Brown ... Reenactor
Montez Brown Montez Brown ... Reenactor
Channell Bryant Channell Bryant ... Reenactor
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One by one the Northern states, led by Vermont in 1777, adopted laws to abolish and phase out slavery. Simultaneously, slavery in the Southern United States entered the period of its greatest expansion. Episode three, which starts at the beginning of the 1800s, examines slavery's increasing divisiveness in America as the nation develops westward and cotton replaces tobacco as the country's most valuable crop. The episode weaves national events through the personal histories of two African American slaves -- Harriet Jacobs and Louis Hughes -- who not only managed to escape bondage, but also exposed the horrific realities of the slave experience in autobiographical narratives. These and other stories of physical, psychological, and sexual exploitation fed the fires of a reinvigorated abolitionist movement. With a diverse membership comprised Watch a preview of men and women, blacks and whites, and led by figures including Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Amy Post, abolitionist ... Written by PBS

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