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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 3 Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory

First Aired: January 22, 2013

Conclusion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, an attempt to spark a slave revolt, is recounted, as is the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln and what followed: the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation and adoption of the 13th Amendment in December 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation also enabled freed men to enlist in the Union Army. As a result, two of Frederick Douglass' sons go to war; and self-described "ultra peace man" William Lloyd Garrison allowed his first-born son to enlist.

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Guest Cast

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