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"American Experience" The Abolitionists: Part 1 (TV Episode 2012) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • 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.

    - Written by Anonymous
  • The stories of the major figures of the pre-American Civil War political movement to eliminate slavery.

    - Written by Kenneth Chisholm

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