Slavery and the Making of America

Slavery and the Making of America

  • TV-PG
  • 2005
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (108)

A documentary of the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies through the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction, this series examines the integral role slavery played in shaping the new country and challenges the long held notion that it was exclusively a Southern enterprise. Remarkable stories of individual slaves offer fresh perspectives on the slave experience.

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Part 4: The Challenge of Freedom
4. Part 4: The Challenge of Freedom
February 16, 2005
The complexities of the Civil War and Reconstruction are chronicled through the experience of South Carolina slave Robert Smalls. The formation of militant groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan, threatened the future of racial equality and segregation laws began to appear across the country. Slavery's eradication had not brought an end to black oppression.
Part 4: The Challenge of Freedom
4. Part 4: The Challenge of Freedom
February 16, 2005
The complexities of the Civil War and Reconstruction are chronicled through the experience of South Carolina slave Robert Smalls. The formation of militant groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan, threatened the future of racial equality and segregation laws began to appear across the country. Slavery's eradication had not brought an end to black oppression.
Part 3: Seeds of Destruction
3. Part 3: Seeds of Destruction
February 16, 2005
While the Northern states adopted laws to abolish and phase out slavery, in the southern United States, slavery entered the period of its greatest expansion as cotton became the country's most valuable crop. The abolitionist movement, led by Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and others, gathered strength in the North, contributing to the widening fissure and imminent break-up of the nation.
Part 3: Seeds of Destruction
3. Part 3: Seeds of Destruction
February 16, 2005
While the Northern states adopted laws to abolish and phase out slavery, in the southern United States, slavery entered the period of its greatest expansion as cotton became the country's most valuable crop. The abolitionist movement, led by Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and others, gathered strength in the North, contributing to the widening fissure and imminent break-up of the nation.
Part 2: Liberty in the Air
2. Part 2: Liberty in the Air
February 9, 2005
From the 1740s to the 1830s, slavery continued to support economic development, but the Revolutionary War revealed the contradictions of a nation seeking independence while denying freedom to its black citizens. As the slave population reproduced, American planters became less dependent on the African slave trade and ensuing generations of slaves developed a unique culture of their own.
Part 2: Liberty in the Air
2. Part 2: Liberty in the Air
February 9, 2005
From the 1740s to the 1830s, slavery continued to support economic development, but the Revolutionary War revealed the contradictions of a nation seeking independence while denying freedom to its black citizens. As the slave population reproduced, American planters became less dependent on the African slave trade and ensuing generations of slaves developed a unique culture of their own.
Part 1: The Downward Spiral
1. Part 1: The Downward Spiral
February 9, 2005
As early as the 1620s, there were no laws defining the limitations imposed on slaves in the colonies, but within a hundred years, everything changed. By the early 18th century, the trade of African slaves in America was expanding and many colonies adopted strict "black codes," transforming the social system into one of legal racial oppression.
Part 1: The Downward Spiral
1. Part 1: The Downward Spiral
February 9, 2005
As early as the 1620s, there were no laws defining the limitations imposed on slaves in the colonies, but within a hundred years, everything changed. By the early 18th century, the trade of African slaves in America was expanding and many colonies adopted strict "black codes," transforming the social system into one of legal racial oppression.
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A documentary of the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies through the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction, this series examines the integral role slavery played in shaping the new country and challenges the long held notion that it was exclusively a Southern enterprise. Remarkable stories of individual slaves offer fresh perspectives on the slave experience.Slavery and the Making of America is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on February 9, 2005.

Slavery and the Making of America is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Slavery and the Making of America on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hoopla and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    February 9, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (108)