Conclusion (1831-1861). A look at the intensifying conflict over slavery from the 1830s to the Civil War. Included: the fugitive slave law; the battle over Kansas Territory; the Dred Scott Decision; the attack at Harper's Ferry; and Southern secession.
Part 3 of four (1776-1834) examines slavery's expansion into the Louisiana Territory; the revolt in Haiti; the rise of black churches; and Nat Turner's rebellion. Included: Noel Ignatiev ("How the Irish Became White"); and John Edgar Wideman ("Two Cities").
Part 2 of four (1776-1805). A look at the impact of the Revolution and its ideology includes excerpts from George Washington's letters and comments from Gen. Colin Powell (USA Ret.), John Hope Franklin, Mount Vernon historian John Riley, and Washington biographer John Ferling. Narrator: Angela Bassett.
Part 1 of four (1607-1750) looks at how the colonies' mainly indentured white labor force became an enslaved African one. Included: comments from novelist Chinua Achebe ("Things Fall Apart") and Margaret Washington (Cornell University).