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"American Experience" The Abolitionists: Part 1 (2012)

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American Experience: Season 24: Episode 9 -- Shared beliefs about slavery bring together Angelina Grimké, the daughter of a Charleston plantation family, who moves north and becomes a public speaker against slavery; Frederick Douglass, a young slave who becomes hopeful when he hears about the abolitionists; William Lloyd Garrison, who founds the newspaper The Liberator, a powerful voice for the movement; Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose first trip to the South changes her life and her writing; and John Brown, who devotes his life to the cause. The abolitionist movement, however, is in disarray and increasing violence raises doubts about the efficacy of its pacifist tactics.

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Rob Rapley
Paul Taylor (concept developed by)
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2012 (Season 24, Episode 9)
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The stories of the major figures of the pre-American Civil War political movement to eliminate slavery. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Oliver Platt ... Narrator (voice)

T. Ryder Smith ... John Brown
Carol Berkin ... Herself, historian
Lois Brown ... Herself, historian
Manisha Sinha ... Herself, historian
David Blight ... Himself, historian
James Brewer Stewart ... Himself, historian
Julie Roy Jeffrey ... Herself, historian
W. Caleb McDaniel ... Himself, historian
John Stauffer ... Himself, historian
Erica Armstrong Dunbar ... Herself, historian
R. Blakeslee Gilpin ... Himself, historian

Richard Brooks ... Frederick Douglass

Neal Huff ... William Lloyd Garrison

Jeanine Serralles ... Angelina Grimké

Kate Lyn Sheil ... Harriet Beecher Stowe

Kwabena Ampofo ... Anthony Burns

Steve Annan ... Theodore Weld
Ingrid Alli ... Aunt Hester
Lynn Bandoria ... Rosetta Douglass
Scott Carter ... Overseer

Wendy Carter ... Sarah Grimké
Leiv Clegg ... Teenaged Frederick Douglass
Thomas Coleman ... Shields Green
Trina Comissiong ... Slave Auction Child
Crystal Cupp ... Mrs. Grimké
Denyse Ellington ... Mary Brown, John Brown's Wife

Brian Elder ... Slave Auctioneer
Virginia Fields ... Mary Dutton
Kacy Gabbert ... Ruth Brown, John Brown's Daughter
Montrece Hill ... Slave Auction Mother

Anthony Michael Hobbs ... Young Frederick Douglass (as Anthony Hobbs)
Natalie Racoosin ... Elizabeth Key

Jeff Wilhelm ... Edward Covey (as Jeffrey Wilhelm)
Shaun Woodland ... William Nell
Aaron Angus ... Boston Mob Leader
Kevin Inouye ... Boston Mob Leader
Kevin Lawrence O'Donnell ... Boston Mob Leader
Daniel Sheets ... Boston Mob Leader
Paul Stober ... Boston Mob Leader

Keith Tyree ... Boston Mob Leader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jake Brennan ... Franky Garrison (as Jacob Washburn)

Alan Davis ... Douglas Speech Attendee / Anti-Abolitionist Bonfire Attendee
Matthew Gooley ... Bonfire Reveler
Dolores Hillgrube ... Melanie Boone
Shawn Everett Jones ... Angry Mob Member

William Kaffenberger ... Mob Man
Dorry Marie ... Dressing Slave

Robert Lucas Nelson ... One of the Men in the Mob
Martha Newman ... Market Square Merchant

Matt Nicholas ... Douglas Speech Attendee
Roger Novak ... Angry Mob Member and Depot Official

Melissa Panos ... Angelina's Friend

Jon Douglas Rainey ... Anti-Abolitionist

Episode Crew
Directed by
Rob Rapley 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rob Rapley 
Paul Taylor  concept developed by

Produced by
Susan Bellows .... series producer
Sharon Grimberg .... executive producer
Sharon Grimberg .... senior producer
Alexandra Hannibal .... second associate producer
Molly Jacobs .... producer
Kathryn Lord .... co-producer
Timothy Messler .... associate producer
Susan Mottau .... coordinating producer
Deborah Clancy Porfido .... line producer
Rob Rapley .... producer
Mark Samels .... executive producer
Jamila Wignot .... consulting producer
 
Original Music by
Tom Phillips 
 
Cinematography by
Tim Cragg 
Antony Platt 
 
Film Editing by
John Chimples 
Glenn Fukushima 
Aljernon Tunsil 
 
Casting by
Paul Fouquet 
Elissa Myers  (as Elissa Meyers)
 
Production Design by
Akeime Mitterlehner 
 
Art Direction by
R. Mark Hughes 
Elise G. Viola 
 
Set Decoration by
Jim Williams 
 
Costume Design by
Deborah Newhall 
 
Makeup Department
Kristen Barry .... makeup & hair assistant
Jim Choate .... makeup & hair assistant (as Jim A. Choate)
Susan Demirjian .... additional make-up/hair
Rebecca Rachael Frye .... key makeup
Sarah Hindsgaul .... key hair
Katie Middleton .... key makeup (as Catherine Middleton)
Susan Millar .... makeup & hair assistant
Pamela Peitzman .... makeup & hair assistant
Joe Rossi .... makeup & hair designer
Jennifer Saunders .... makeup & hair assistant
Dani Scarcella .... additional make-up/hair
Charlotte Sudol .... makeup & hair assistant
Linda Trigo .... key hair
 
Production Management
Caroline Aragon .... production supervisor
Vanessa Ezersky .... post-production supervisor
Nancy Sherman .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randy N. Barbee .... associate director
Joe Cacciotti .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Fern Gnesin .... set dresser
Samantha Higgins .... leadman
Jeremiah Hornbaker .... prop master
Linda Hughes .... assistant prop master
Susannah McCarthy .... prop master
David McCole .... set dresser
Mike Raybould .... set dresser
Nathan Shifflette .... set dresser
Stephen G. Shifflette .... leadman
James Thompson .... set dresser
James Traynor .... set dresser
Tom Watkin .... set dresser (as Tom Watkins)
 
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... sound re-recording mixer
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Douglas E. Bischoff .... sound boom operator (as Douglas Bischoff)
James Briggs III .... production sound mixer (as Jim Briggs III)
James Briggs III .... voice over recording (as Jim Briggs III)
William Britt .... production sound mixer
John Chiarolanzio .... assistant sound editor
John D. Gooch .... production sound mixer
Johnny O'Connor .... production sound mixer
Matt Snedecor .... sound effects and dialogue editor
David Winston .... production sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Nicholas Andrews .... special effects assistant
Derrick Brown .... special effects assistant
Barry Davis .... special effects coordinator
Raymond Henry .... special effects assistant (as Raymond 'Jake' Henry)
Patrick Edward White .... special effects coordinator (as Patrick White)
John Wicker .... special effects assistant
 
Stunts
Jeff Wilhelm .... stunt coordinator (as Jeffrey Wilhelm)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh Allen .... electric
Colby Bartine .... camera production assistant
Kevin Burger .... gaffer
Ryan Callahan .... best boy grip
Daniel Caporaletti .... camera production assistant
Joe Christofori .... first assistant camera (as Joseph Christofori)
Nicholas DiMartino .... grip (as Nick DiMartino)
Ian Edwards .... digital imaging technician
Mark Evans .... electric
Michael Flynn .... dolly grip (as Michael I. Flinn)
Dave Fortino .... grip (as David Fortino)
Freddy Galfus .... gaffer
Matthew Hanlon .... grip
Charles A. Harris .... key grip
Elizabeth Heslep .... second assistant camera
David Kruta .... digital imaging technician
Nina Kuhn .... gaffer
Kevin Martin .... camera production assistant
James 'Otis' Mayfield .... first assistant camera (as Jim Mayfield)
Ken McCallum .... key grip (as Kenneth McCallum)
Travis McGuire .... electric
Ian Mosley-Duffy .... camera production assistant
Ken Perham .... gaffer
Thomas Petersen .... gaffer
Patrick Phelan .... grip
Antony Platt .... still photographer
Jarrod Russell .... best boy electric
John Charles Schneider .... grip
Meg Schrock .... best boy electric
Greg Shea .... interview cinematography
Robert Spencer .... electric
Frank Stubblefield .... generator operator
Michael Toland .... camera production assistant
Rob Vaughan .... best boy grip
 
Animation Department
Alisa Placas Frutman .... animation: maps and text
Chris King .... stills animator
Aaron Nee .... animation: maps and text
Aaron Nee .... title animator
Anna Davis Saraceno .... animation: maps and text
Hiroaki Sasa .... stills animator
 
Casting Department
Shannon Cain .... casting associate
Anne N. Chapman .... additional casting
Diane Heery .... additional casting
Jason Loftus .... location casting
Sarah Ruby .... casting associate
Danielle Sload .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Antonelli .... set costumer
Elizabeth Clifford .... key set costumer
Hillary Derby .... costume supervisor
Dana Pacheco .... costume assistant
Angela Ratliff .... set costumer
Dianna Reardon .... costume assistant
Maren Reese .... set costumer
Rita Squitiere .... wardrobe production assistant
Jaizelle Stendardo .... set costumer (as Jaizelle Hanna-Stendardo)
Robert Surratt .... tailor
 
Editorial Department
Spencer Gentry .... post-production
John Jenkins-Stark .... post-production (as John Jenkins)
Natasha Mottola .... post-production assistant
Bahron Thomas .... assistant on-line editor
Don Wyllie .... colorist
Don Wyllie .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Kathryn Boyd .... musician: flute
Joel Goodman .... series theme
Jodi Hagen .... musician: violin
Donna Jerome .... musician: viola
Tom Phillips .... musician: keyboards, piano, cello
 
Transportation Department
William Benner .... driver
Gathia Gillispie .... driver
Duke Grant .... driver (as Randolph Grant Jr)
Ronald Jenkins .... transportation captain (as Ronald Jenkins Jr)
Gregory Patterson .... driver
Russ Wade .... driver
Dexter Wuest .... driver
 
Other crew
Joseph Allen .... location production assistant
Alicia Ayoub .... location production assistant
Colby Bartine .... location production assistant
Jason Booth .... set coordinator
Karla Brown .... location production assistant
Lois Brown .... advisor
Julie Buck .... location production assistant
Joe Cacciotti .... stage manager
Danny Caporaletti .... location production assistant
Scott Carter .... set coordinator
Jeff Clanet .... location production assistant
Lisa Figueroa Crawford .... location production assistant
Casey Davis .... special projects assistant
Victoria Dilks .... set medic (as Victoria Maryak Dilks)
Lena Drobot .... caterer
Lena Drobot .... key craft services
Adam Ferguson .... location production assistant
Susana Fernandes .... contracts manager
Jay Fialkov .... legal
Janice Flood .... legal
Peter Frank .... craft service assistant
Dylan Frayser .... key set production assistant
J.R. Gettier .... set security
Kurt E. Gran .... set medic
Ashton Green .... location production assistant
Tiffany Hagger .... archival researcher
T.J. Healy II .... location manager
Malika Jamison .... location production assistant
Julie Roy Jeffrey .... advisor
Laina Kaffenberger .... location production assistant
Scott Kardel .... legal
Kathleen Kearney .... stage manager
Daniel Castle King .... location production assistant
Jenny Kissoon .... location production assistant
Jessica Levin .... location production assistant
Mary Lugo .... marketing & publicity
Diana Mankowski .... additional archival researcher
Kevin Martin .... location production assistant
Peter Marziale .... set medic
Margie Mazzei .... set medic
Ian Mosley-Duffy .... location production assistant
Nikita Moyer .... location production assistant
Hank Muller .... production assistant
Josh Mumford .... location assistant
Gabe Munitz-Alessio .... location production assistant
Julianna Newmeyer .... production secretary
Lauren Noyes .... production assistant
Vance Philips .... location production assistant
Lauren Prestileo .... series manager
Lee Rogalski .... craft service assistant
Joe Rossi .... wig and make-up design
Colleen Sackheim .... transcriber
Jane Sakowski Bell .... key craft services
Julia Saunders .... location production assistant
William Shenk .... location production assistant
Nancy Sherman .... talent coordinator
Manisha Sinha .... advisor
Rita Squitiere .... location production assistant
John Stauffer .... advisor
James Brewer Stewart .... advisor
Abbey Taylor .... key set production assistant
Michael Toland .... location production assistant
Chandra Tourtelot .... location production assistant
Tom Trigo .... location manager
Tomas Sturgis Trigo .... location production assistant
Amy Vanneman .... location assistant
Cara White .... marketing & publicity
Gordon Whiteway .... location production assistant
 
Thanks
Mark Barbour .... special thanks: International Print Museum
Michael Connolly .... special thanks
Dave Dyson .... special thanks
Dewey Gartland .... special thanks
Kirk Graves .... special thanks
Thyra Heder .... special thanks
Kevin R. Hershberger .... special thanks
Bobby Jones .... special thanks
Kevin Kirby .... special thanks
Michelle Muller .... special thanks
Kate Murray .... special thanks
Cynthia Snyder .... special thanks
Richard Spaulding .... special thanks
Kathryn Stephens .... special thanks
Helen Uffner .... special thanks
Adrienne Weiss .... special thanks
John Wik .... special thanks
 

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A Pecular Institution., 22 August 2015
Author: Robert J. Maxwell (rmax304823@yahoo.com) from Deming, New Mexico, USA

One of the most prominent of the early anti-abolitionists was Boston editor William Lloyd Garrison who, in the 1820s, recruited a runaway slave, Frederick Douglass, as a representative of the movement. Douglass was a compelling speaker and his audiences throughout the North knew little about the conditions in the South, whereas Douglass could speak about them first hand.

The increasing strength of the abolitionist movement was a direct threat to the economy of the South, which was primarily dependent on the labor-intensive cotton industry. The program claims that the wealthier plantation owners were the richest society on earth at the time. I don't know about that, but they were pretty well off. The slaves were divided into those who worked as servants and handmaidens in the Big House and those who worked in the fields. None of them was well off. They could be whipped, raped, and sold at will.

John Brown organized a paramilitary group designed to translate the sentiments of the well-meaning do-gooders up North into action. He intended to bring about a slave revolt in the South, and he began by taking over the federal armory in Maryland. It failed and he was hanged.

Perhaps of greater importance at about the same time, 1859, a slave owner took one of his slaves, Dredd Scott, to Wisconsin, where slavery was illegal. Scott sued for his freedom and the case wound up before the Supreme Court. Here's how Wikipedia describes the decision: " The Taney Court ruled that persons of African descent could not be, nor were ever intended to be, citizens under the U.S. Constitution, and thus the plaintiff (Scott) was without legal standing to file a suit. The framers of the Constitution, Taney famously wrote, believed that blacks "had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit. He was bought and sold and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic, whenever profit could be made by it." In other words, the decision not only denied Scott his freedom but virtually declared slavery legal everywhere in the United States. Pretty radical stuff and a retrograde move if there ever was one. Recent arguments about "judicial activism" pale.

The anti-slavery movement was growing, but not as fast as the negative reaction to it. In Washington, South Carolina Representative Preston Brooks took a gold-headed can to anti-slavery Senator Charles Sumner, beat him to the floor, beat him until he was unconscious, then continued beating him. Sumner never fully recovered. Brooks was celebrated in the South and received many canes as gifts.

It's a well-done program from an exceptional series. There are some reenactments -- Richard Brooks of "Law&Order" is Frederick Douglass and is almost unrecognizable with a full head of hair -- and still photographs and talking experts. I couldn't detect any bias. It surprises me how little thought most of us give to slavery and its consequences, not just in the 19th century but today. It all seems far removed from our consciousness, as if it were nothing more than a word representing a problem in our collective past, now satisfactorily dealt with. For instance, it never occurred to me, growing up in New Jersey, that in a state just across the Delaware River, Delaware, people had once owned slaves. Hurray for PBS, bringing enlightenment to the darker niches of our memories.

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