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PBS American Experience: THE ABOLITIONISTS

“How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.

Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called by many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to make a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate antislavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement fueled by persuasion and prayer became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation.”

“As a woman who's actions extended well beyond what women were expected to be doing in the early 19th Century, Prudence Crandall stood firmly in her belief that every individual - black or white - deserved an opportunity to receive an equal education.”


Follow the actions of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké and be a part of this dramatic time in American History. Use these quick links to the 3 part American Experience TV series: