Freedom: A History of Us Episodes

2003, TV Show

Episode Detail: A Fatal Contradiction (1700-1861) - Freedom: A History of Us

“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).

Episodes: Freedom: A History of Us (16)

2/21/2003: Becoming Free    Season 1, Episode 16
2/21/2003: Marching to Freedom Land    Season 1, Episode 15
2/14/2003: Let Freedom Ring    Season 1, Episode 14
2/14/2003: Democracy and Struggles    Season 1, Episode 13
2/7/2003: Depression and War    Season 1, Episode 12
2/7/2003: Safe for Democracy    Season 1, Episode 11
1/31/2003: Yearning to Breathe Free    Season 1, Episode 10
1/31/2003: Working for Freedom    Season 1, Episode 9
1/24/2003: Whose Land Is This?    Season 1, Episode 8
1/24/2003: What Is Freedom?    Season 1, Episode 7
1/19/2003: Wake Up America (1788-1848)    Season 1, Episode 4
1/19/2003: Liberty for All? (1620-1849)    Season 1, Episode 3
1/17/2003: A War to End Slavery (1861-1865)    Season 1, Episode 6
1/17/2003: A Fatal Contradiction (1700-1861)    Season 1, Episode 5
1/12/2003: Revolution (1776-1809)    Season 1, Episode 2
1/12/2003: Independence (1765-1776)    Season 1, Episode 1

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Premiered: January 12, 2003, on PBS
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.

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