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

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