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American Experience

The Abolitionists: Part 1 (Season 25, Episode 1)
TV-PG
TV Episode | 54 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The stories of the major figures of the pre-American Civil War political movement to eliminate slavery.
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Director
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Rob Rapley | Paul Taylor (concept developed by)
Cinematographers
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Paul Fouquet | Elissa Myers (as Elissa Meyers)
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Updated Jan 8, 2013

Release date
Jan 8, 2013 (United States)

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Oliver Platt
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Carol Berkin
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Lois Brown
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Manisha Sinha
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David W. Blight
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James Brewer Stewart
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Julie Roy Jeffrey
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John Stauffer
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Erica Armstrong Dunbar
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Richard Brooks
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Neal Huff
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Jeanine Serralles
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Kate Lyn Sheil
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Kwabena Ampofo
Anthony Burns Anthony Burns   See fewer
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Steve Annan
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Lynn Bandoria
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Scott Carter
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Wendy Carter
Sarah Grimké Sarah Grimké   See fewer
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Leiv Clegg
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Thomas Coleman
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Trina Comissiong
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Crystal Cupp
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Keith Tyree
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Jake Brennan
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Alan Davis
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Dorry Marie
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Robert Lucas Nelson
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8 / 10 | 81 votes