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In the mid-19th century, the abolitionist movement in the United States sought the immediate emancipation of all enslaved people. These passionate antislavery activists—men and women, black and white, northerners and southerners, poor and wealthy—led the struggle that forever changed the nation. The videos in this collection feature historical reenactments and expert interviews that tell the story of some of the people and events that shaped this movement

Abolitionist Leader William Lloyd Garrison


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Abolitionist Leader William Lloyd Garrison

This video adapted from American Experience: “The Abolitionists” profiles William Lloyd Garrison, founder of The Liberator and the American Anti-Slavery Society, whose position on slavery generated strong resistance to the abolitionist cause.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 1713
  • Favorites: 82
Ex-slave Frederick Douglass Joins the Abolitionists


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Ex-slave Frederick Douglass Joins the Abolitionists

This video adapted from American Experience: “The Abolitionists” describes the contributions of Frederick Douglass, a former slave, to the abolitionist movement in the early 1840s.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 1582
  • Favorites: 118
Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin


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Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin

This video adapted from American Experience: “The Abolitionists” describes how Harriet Beecher Stowe’s best-selling novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was an act of protest against the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and built support for the abolitionist movement

  • Grades: 8-12
  • Views: 2123
  • Favorites: 75
How the Mexican-American War Affected Slavery


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How the Mexican-American War Affected Slavery

This video from American Experience: “The Abolitionists” describes how territory acquired by the United States in the Mexican-American War, and the Great Compromise of 1850 it generated, fueled greater division between abolitionists and slave owners.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 3367
  • Favorites: 122
Southern Abolitionist Angelina Grimké


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Southern Abolitionist Angelina Grimké

This video adapted from American Experience: “The Abolitionists” describes the efforts of Angelina Grimké, the daughter of a prominent southern slaveholding family, to end slavery and obtain equal rights for women.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 1539
  • Favorites: 76
Teaching and Learning About "The Abolitionists"


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Teaching and Learning About "The Abolitionists"

This video shows a class of high school students engaging with media as a central part of a lesson on abolitionism.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 1027
  • Favorites: 40