What was slavery? Why did it exist? Why was it abolished? These are just some of the questions answered in the Abolition News Network’s Introduction On the Road to the Abolition of Slavery.
Through contemporary words, writings, artwork and songs, slavery is explored via the eyes of American presidents, writers, abolitionists, speakers and slaves in 25 interviews on two DVDs.
Harriet Beecher Stow, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, describes a slave’s life and the consequences of escaping. In the song, “Follow the Drinking Gourd”, learn how slaves embedded a route map to safety in the lyrics. In addition, an interview with Underground Railroad Station Master Rev. John Rankin describes how slaves crossed the Ohio River to freedom.
Slavery advocate Varina Davis, the first lady of the Confederacy, justifies slavery using paternalistic and biblical arguments.
President George Washington explains the essential role that slavery played in sustaining the Southern lifestyle and economy on his plantation.
WARNING: Some scenes may be disturbing to the viewers as either the subject matter, personalities, or their spoken language may be offensive in the 21st century. Teachers be advised.