American Experience 1988 | TV Show

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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 2 Part Two: 1838-1854

First Aired: January 15, 2013

Part 2 of 3. Frederick Douglass escapes slavery, joins William Lloyd Garrison in the abolitionist movement, writes his autobiography and flees to England to avoid being captured by his former owner; and Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1852, which changes how many Americans view slavery. Also: an incident in 1854 Boston in which President Franklin Pierce, a slavery sympathizer, orders the military to return a jailed fugitive slave to his owner in Virginia.

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Part One: 1820s-1838

Season 25, Episode 1

January 8, 2013

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Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory

Season 25, Episode 3

January 22, 2013

Guest Cast

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

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