Close message

Welcome to Kanopy

Brought to you by Fontana Regional Library

Not your library? Find it now
The Downward Spiral
To start watching

The Downward Spiral

PBS
Show More

4 episodes in this series

Episode 1 The Downward Spiral
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…
Episode 2 Liberty in the Air
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…
Episode 3 Seeds of Destruction
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…
Episode 4 The Challenge of Freedom
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…

People who watched this also watched

Comments (2)

Anonymous picture
DAVID M

Have known of this material, from books. This first episdode makes it more (cinematically) clear. Do it !

Anonymous picture
Patricia

Powerful historic series. Should be part of every school curriculum. Enslaved Africans built this country. Know this.