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This TV show aims to educate the viewer about one of the most influential American citizens of the 19th century, Josiah Henson, whose autobiography served as the inspiration for Uncle Tom's Cabin. This show examines what remains of the once 270-acre property where Henson was enslaved for 30 years, an old house sitting on one acre of land in a suburb close to Washington, DC.

Tuesday 8:00 PM et/pt on PBS
1 Season, 1 Episode
August 19, 2014
Documentary & Biography, Drama, History
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  • Harriet Beecher Stowe was inspired by Josiah Henson's 1849 autobiography for her novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and galvanized abolitionists. He was enslaved by Isaac Riley for 30 years on what was once a 270-acre plantation run. An old house and an acre of land are all that remain. Time Team America digs for clues and peels back layers of the old kitchen floor to tell the story of one of the most important Americans of the 19th century.

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