Slavery and the Making of America

Season 1
 (62)IMDb 7.82005TV-PG
A history of American slavery from its beginnings through post-Civil War Reconstruction, this series examines the role slavery played in shaping America and challenges the long held notion that it was exclusively a Southern enterprise.
Starring
Morgan Freeman
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Part 1: The Downward Spiral
    February 8, 2005
    55min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In the 1620s, there were no limitations imposed on slaves. But by the early 18th century, the expanding slave trade caused many colonies to adopt strict "black codes," transforming the social system into one of legal racial oppression.
  2. 2. Part 2: Liberty in the Air
    February 8, 2005
    55min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    From the 1740s to the 1830s, slavery continued to support economic development, but the Revolutionary War revealed the contradictions of a nation seeking independence while denying freedom to its black citizens.
  3. 3. Part 3: Seeds of Destruction
    February 8, 2005
    55min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    As the North adopted laws to abolish slavery, the South saw its greatest expansion of slavery. The abolitionist movement began to gather strength, contributing to the widening fissure and imminent break-up of the nation.
  4. 4. Part 4: The Challenge of Freedom
    February 8, 2005
    55min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The complexities of the Civil War and Reconstruction are chronicled through the experience of slave Robert Smalls. The rise of militant groups and new segregation laws show that slavery's eradication had not ended black oppression.

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Directors
Chana GazitDante J. JamesGail PellettLeslie D. Farrell
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Chana GazitDante J. JamesGail PellettJulie Schapiro ThormanLeslie D. FarrellWilliam R. Grant
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2005
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PBS
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