Abolition: Broke Promises (1998)
A BBC-TV production
Films for the Humanities & Sciences
This film presents a bleak picture of slavery seen through the eyes of slaves and their descendants. It explores topics including the Fugitive Slave Law, the Ku Klux Klan, and changes in the North's political interest in the fate of African Americans. The piece originally aired on BBC-TV as "Sold Down the River."
Africans in America (1998)
A four-part series, narrated by Angela Bassett, chronicles the struggles of African people inAmerica . Includes the following episodes: "The Terrible Transformation" (1450-1750), "Revolution" (1750-1805), "Brotherly Love" (1791-1831), and "Judgment Day" (1831-1865).
A Fatal Contradiction (2003)
Thirteen/WNET, New York
Episode five of the FREEDOM: A HISTORY OF US series looks at the rise of the abolitionist movement in America and the establishment of the Underground Railroad. The focus is on Frederick Douglass and the influence of the Lincoln-Douglass debates on the expansion of slavery in the West.
The Middle Passage (2000)
Captures the horror of the "middle passage," the trans-Atlantic journey in human cargo.
Roots of Resistance: A Story of the Underground Railroad (1990)
WGBH,Boston , Thirteen/WNET, New York ,
From “The American Experience” series,this piece tells the story of the Underground Railroad from the perspective of escaped slaves and provides interviews with the descendants of slaves and slave owners.
Slavery and the Making ofAmerica (2005)
A PBS four-part series documenting the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies to its end in the Southern states and the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction.
There is a River (2003)
Episode 1 of the THIS FAR BY FAITH series examines the introduction of Christianity to Africans and the spiritual traditions of African Americans. It tells the stories of two slaves -- Denmark Vesey and Sojourner Truth, who were inspired by religion to challenge the institution of slavery.
Unchained Memories:Readings from the Slave Narratives (2002)
First-person anecdotes of former slaves transcribed and preserved by the Library of Congress and brought to life in this HBO documentary special, featuring the on-camera voices of over a dozen top African-American actors.