The Abolitionists

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History Documentary hosted by Oliver Platt, published by PBS broadcasted as part of PBS American Experience series in 2013 - English narration

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Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to create a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy--these passionate anti-slavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement fueled by persuasion and prayer became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation.

Bringing to life the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown, The Abolitionists takes place during some of the most violent and contentious decades in American history. It reveals how the movement shaped history by exposing the fatal flaw of a republic founded on liberty for some and bondage for others. In the face of personal risks--beatings, imprisonment, even death--abolitionists held fast to their cause, laying the civil rights groundwork for the future and raising weighty constitutional and moral questions that are still with us today.

Directed by Rob Rapley, The Abolitionists interweaves drama with traditional documentary storytelling, and stars Richard Brooks, Neal Huff, Jeanine Serralles, Kate Lyn Sheil, and T. Ryder Smith, vividly bringing to life the epic struggles of the men and women who ended slavery.


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  • 540p
  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L3.1
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 21
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Video Resolution: 960x540
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC (Nero)
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 Kbps ABR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: ~55mn (each)
  • Framerate: 29.970 fps (Constant Frame Rate)
  • Number of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: ~470 MiB (each)
  • Container: MP4
  • Aired: 2013, Jan 8
  • Source: HDTV
  • Capper: KarMa

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