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Up From Slavery

A seven part series documenting the history of slavery in America from colonial times to after the Civil War. America was founded upon the idea that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The nation would pay a bloody cost for denying that right to more than twelve percent of its population. But when slavery was first brought to America's shores, this war, and even the nation it tore apart, was centuries in the future. With incredibly detailed historical reenactments, expert commentary and the stories of slavery told through first-hand accounts, this is an epic struggle 400 years in the making. Contents: Pt. 1 1619 Virginia, the first African slaves arrive -- Pt. 2 18th century colonial America and slavery under the rule of the British Empire -- Pt. 3 Slavery in the United States after the Revolution -- Pt. 4 Nat Turner's rebellion, 1831 -- Pt. 5 Abolition from the north grows -- Pt. 6. The Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation -- Pt. 7 Aftermath of the Civil War and new "freedom." Directed by Kevin R. Hershberger. c2011. 5 hr., 6 min.