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This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen (more…)

Premiered: October 4, 1988

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 25, Episode 1 Part One: 1820s-1838

First Aired: January 8, 2013

Part 1 of 3. Dramatic scenes and documentary segments tell the stories of abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It begins with the enslaved Douglass becoming hopeful when he learns of the abolitionist movement; Garrison founding the Liberator, an antislavery newspaper; Stowe witnessing slavery during her first trip to the South; and Brown devoting himself to the cause after an antislavery activist is murdered.

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Guest Cast

Neal Huff William Lloyd Garrison
Kate Lyn Sheil Harriet Beecher Stowe
Richard Brooks Frederick Douglass