Season 1, Episode 5 A Fatal Contradiction (1700-1861)

First Aired: January 17, 2003

“A Fatal Contradiction (1700-1861)” explores slavery in the U.S. Voices include Morgan Freeman (Frederick Douglass); Tom Hanks (Abraham Lincoln); Dabney Coleman (Stephen A. Douglas); Brad Pitt (William Lloyd Garrison); Whoopi Goldberg (Harriet Tubman); Anthony Hopkins (Robert Walsh); Samuel L. Jackson (Henry Highland Garnet); Matthew McConaughey (Alexander Stephens); Philip Bosco (Frederick Law Olmstead); Chevy Chase (Levi Coffin); Ralph Fiennes (Charleston eyewitness); and Ving Rhames (Josiah Henson).

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Graham Green Newspapaer Voice
Morgan Freeman Frederick Douglass
Philip Bosco Frederick Law Olmstead
Dabney Coleman Stephen A. Douglas

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  • Premiered: January 12, 2003
  • Rating: TV-G
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  • Premise: 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. (more)

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