Slavery and the Making of America

  • 2005
  • 1 Season
  • TV-PG

This four-hour report traces the history of slavery in the U.S. and explores the economic impact of `the founding fathers you never knew,' as narrator Morgan Freeman puts it. Written and produced by Dante J. James, the executive producer of the 2003 PBS series `This Far by Faith: African-American Spiritual Journeys.'

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Seeds of Destruction; The Challenge of Freedom

First Aired: February 16, 2005

The conclusion of this two-part survey of slavery's huge social and economic impact on the U.S. covers from 1813 to the end of Reconstruction in the 1870s. The focus is on individual slaves, some of whom found ways to fight back. Harriet Jacobs escaped from captivity in North Carolina and wrote the first slave narrative to be published, and Robert Smalls stole a Confederate ship and sailed it to freedom. Later he would be elected to Congress. Morgan Freeman narrates.

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