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Dante J. James

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The Downward Spiral
Episode 1 of Slavery and the Making of America
PBS
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.
Liberty in the Air
Episode 2 of Slavery and the Making of America
PBS
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.
Seeds of Destruction
Episode 3 of Slavery and the Making of America
PBS
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.
The Challenge of Freedom
Episode 4 of Slavery and the Making of America
PBS
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.
Slavery and the Making of America
PBS
A documentary series on the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies through the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction. Narrated by Oscar -winner Morgan Freeman, SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA examines the integral role slavery…
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