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Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick 

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From PBS - What do Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick have in common? They are both famous actors and both descend from prominent American families that have been in this country since its inception. But they share something else, too: Both had ancestors who were early opponents of slavery. Bacon's Quaker ancestors repudiated slavery long before the rest of the country, in 1780. And Sedgwick's ancestor Theodore Sedgwick argued the freedom case of Elizabeth Freeman, also known as "Mumbet," in 1781 -- which helped bring an end to slavery in Massachusetts. These facts - and many others - are revealed to Sedgwick and Bacon in this episode, revealing quite a bit about slavery in the North in the process. Written by Anonymous

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21 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

What do Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick have in common? They are both famous actors and both descend from prominent American families that have been in this country since its inception. But they share something else, too: Both had ancestors who were early opponents of slavery.

This episode is probably the most notorious of the series because of the "big reveal" it contains. But let us not dwell on that, and how largely insignificant it is.

More interesting is how this episode was able to find such important historical figures in both of these actor's lives. Bacon's family was influential throughout Philadelphia's entire history. Sedgwick's family was hugely influential all over, including at the Declaration. Wow. That is what makes this show so great -- not just for its genealogy, but for what it can tell us about our place in history.


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