Freedom: A History of Us 2003 | TV Show Watchlist

Freedom: A History of Us

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A 16-part history of the U.S., as told by historical figures (noted actors supply the voices), plus occasional commentary. Based on books by Joy Hakim.

Premiered: January 12, 2003

Rating: TV-G

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Season 1, Episode 6 A War to End Slavery (1861-1865)

First Aired: January 17, 2003

“A War to End Slavery” examines the Civil War. Voices include Tom Hanks (Abraham Lincoln), Robin Williams (U.S. Grant), Robert Redford (M.M. Miller), Glenn Close (Eliza Andrews), Billy Crystal (Union soldier), Al Roker (“Christian Recorder” editor), Morgan Freeman (Frederick Douglass), Michael Douglas (Benjamin French), Matthew Broderick (William T. Sherman), Samuel L. Jackson (Benjamin French), Stacy Keach (George McClellan), Matthew McConaughey (W.W. Wood) and Tim Robbins (Winfield Scott Hancock). Katie Couric narrates.

Guest Cast

Morgan Freeman Frederick Douglass
Billy Crystal Union Soldier
Al Roker Christian Recorder editor
Michael Douglas Benjamin French
Stacy Keach George B. McClellan
Fred Owens Robert Purvis