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The Battle Over Slavery
The Battle Over Slavery(12 Photos)
Explore images of abolitionists, the Underground Railroad and much more as you learn about the battle over slavery in the United States.
John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams(8 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of John Quincy Adams.
View pictures from the state of Connecticut on History. See images of famous locations that represent the state.
Frederick DouglassVideo Clip (2:25)
Video Clip (2:25)
Find out how Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery to become one of the most respected and effective abolitionist leaders.
Origins of Slavery in America
Origins of Slavery in AmericaVideo Clip (3:01)
Video Clip (3:01)
In 1619, the Dutch introduced the first captured Africans to America, planting the seeds of a slavery system that evolved into a nightmare of abuse and cuelty that would ultimately divide the nation.
Nat Turner's Rebellion
Nat Turner's RebellionVideo Clip (3:35)
Video Clip (3:35)
In August 1831, one of America's largest slave uprisings strikes fear in the South and prompts some to call for an end to the institution of slavery.
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Harriet Tubman and the Underground RailroadVideo Clip (3:07)
Video Clip (3:07)
Born a slave, Harriett Tubman became a famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, leading hundreds of slaves to freedom.
The Gettysburg Address: A New Declaration of Independence
The Gettysburg Address: A New Declaration of IndependenceVideo Clip (1:45)
Video Clip (1:45)
After the carnage at the Battle of Gettysburg, Lincoln reaffirms his commitment to achieving freedom for all.
John Brown's Raid
John Brown's RaidVideo Clip (1:38)
Video Clip (1:38)
Although poorly planned and executed, John Brown's raid helped lead the nation into Civil War and made him one of the most controversial men of his day.
America and the Civil War
America and the Civil WarVideo Clip (4:04)
Video Clip (4:04)
Discover how the bloodiest war in American history transformed the face of the nation.
The Abolitionist Movement
The Abolitionist MovementVideo Clip (3:26)
Video Clip (3:26)
In the decades before the Civil War, anti-slavery sentiment sparked an abolitionist movement that employed risky and radical tactics to bring an end to slavery.
The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro
The Meaning of July 4th for the NegroVideo Clip (3:43)
Video Clip (3:43)
Morgan Freeman performs the words of Fredrick Douglass addressing a white audience about the Fourth of July.
No More Auction Block
No More Auction BlockVideo Clip (3:28)
Video Clip (3:28)
John Legend Performs the slave spiritual, No More Auction Block."
USS Constellation: Battling For Freedom
USS Constellation: Battling For FreedomVideo Clip (01:31:14)
Video Clip (01:31:14)
Learn the heroic stories of a young hunter captured from his village by slave smugglers along the African coast and the Navy flagship crew on a mission to stop the inhuman practice.
John Brown's Last Speech
John Brown's Last SpeechVideo Clip (2:36)
Video Clip (2:36)
Actor David Strathairn performs abolitionist John Brown's final speech before his execution in 1859. Introduction by Viggo Mortensen.
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