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American Experience

This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time.

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Tue., July 7, 2015
8:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part One: 1820s-1838  

Part 1 of 3. Dramatic scenes and documentary segments tell the stories of abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It begins with the enslaved Douglass becoming hopeful when he learns of the abolitionist movement; Garrison founding the Liberator, an antislavery newspaper; Stowe witnessing slavery during her first trip to the South; and Brown devoting himself to the cause after an antislavery activist is murdered.

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Tue., July 7, 2015
8:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part One: 1820s-1838  

Part 1 of 3. Dramatic scenes and documentary segments tell the stories of abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It begins with the enslaved Douglass becoming hopeful when he learns of the abolitionist movement; Garrison founding the Liberator, an antislavery newspaper; Stowe witnessing slavery during her first trip to the South; and Brown devoting himself to the cause after an antislavery activist is murdered.

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Tue., July 7, 2015
9:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part Two: 1838-1854  

Part 2 of 3. Frederick Douglass escapes slavery, joins William Lloyd Garrison in the abolitionist movement, writes his autobiography and flees to England to avoid being captured by his former owner; and Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1852, which changes how many Americans view slavery. Also: an incident in 1854 Boston in which President Franklin Pierce, a slavery sympathizer, orders the military to return a jailed fugitive slave to his owner in Virginia.

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Tue., July 7, 2015
9:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part Two: 1838-1854  

Part 2 of 3. Frederick Douglass escapes slavery, joins William Lloyd Garrison in the abolitionist movement, writes his autobiography and flees to England to avoid being captured by his former owner; and Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1852, which changes how many Americans view slavery. Also: an incident in 1854 Boston in which President Franklin Pierce, a slavery sympathizer, orders the military to return a jailed fugitive slave to his owner in Virginia.

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Wed., July 8, 2015
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

Part One: 1820s-1838  

Part 1 of 3. Dramatic scenes and documentary segments tell the stories of abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It begins with the enslaved Douglass becoming hopeful when he learns of the abolitionist movement; Garrison founding the Liberator, an antislavery newspaper; Stowe witnessing slavery during her first trip to the South; and Brown devoting himself to the cause after an antislavery activist is murdered.

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Wed., July 8, 2015
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

Part Two: 1838-1854  

Part 2 of 3. Frederick Douglass escapes slavery, joins William Lloyd Garrison in the abolitionist movement, writes his autobiography and flees to England to avoid being captured by his former owner; and Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1852, which changes how many Americans view slavery. Also: an incident in 1854 Boston in which President Franklin Pierce, a slavery sympathizer, orders the military to return a jailed fugitive slave to his owner in Virginia.

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Wed., July 8, 2015
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

Part One: 1820s-1838  

Part 1 of 3. Dramatic scenes and documentary segments tell the stories of abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It begins with the enslaved Douglass becoming hopeful when he learns of the abolitionist movement; Garrison founding the Liberator, an antislavery newspaper; Stowe witnessing slavery during her first trip to the South; and Brown devoting himself to the cause after an antislavery activist is murdered.

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Wed., July 8, 2015
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

Part Two: 1838-1854  

Part 2 of 3. Frederick Douglass escapes slavery, joins William Lloyd Garrison in the abolitionist movement, writes his autobiography and flees to England to avoid being captured by his former owner; and Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1852, which changes how many Americans view slavery. Also: an incident in 1854 Boston in which President Franklin Pierce, a slavery sympathizer, orders the military to return a jailed fugitive slave to his owner in Virginia.

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Wed., July 8, 2015
3:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part One: 1820s-1838  

Part 1 of 3. Dramatic scenes and documentary segments tell the stories of abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It begins with the enslaved Douglass becoming hopeful when he learns of the abolitionist movement; Garrison founding the Liberator, an antislavery newspaper; Stowe witnessing slavery during her first trip to the South; and Brown devoting himself to the cause after an antislavery activist is murdered.

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Wed., July 8, 2015
3:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part One: 1820s-1838  

Part 1 of 3. Dramatic scenes and documentary segments tell the stories of abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It begins with the enslaved Douglass becoming hopeful when he learns of the abolitionist movement; Garrison founding the Liberator, an antislavery newspaper; Stowe witnessing slavery during her first trip to the South; and Brown devoting himself to the cause after an antislavery activist is murdered.

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Wed., July 8, 2015
4:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part Two: 1838-1854  

Part 2 of 3. Frederick Douglass escapes slavery, joins William Lloyd Garrison in the abolitionist movement, writes his autobiography and flees to England to avoid being captured by his former owner; and Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1852, which changes how many Americans view slavery. Also: an incident in 1854 Boston in which President Franklin Pierce, a slavery sympathizer, orders the military to return a jailed fugitive slave to his owner in Virginia.

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Wed., July 8, 2015
4:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part Two: 1838-1854  

Part 2 of 3. Frederick Douglass escapes slavery, joins William Lloyd Garrison in the abolitionist movement, writes his autobiography and flees to England to avoid being captured by his former owner; and Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1852, which changes how many Americans view slavery. Also: an incident in 1854 Boston in which President Franklin Pierce, a slavery sympathizer, orders the military to return a jailed fugitive slave to his owner in Virginia.

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Thu., July 9, 2015
12:30 am
(60 minutes)

Part One: 1820s-1838  

Part 1 of 3. Dramatic scenes and documentary segments tell the stories of abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It begins with the enslaved Douglass becoming hopeful when he learns of the abolitionist movement; Garrison founding the Liberator, an antislavery newspaper; Stowe witnessing slavery during her first trip to the South; and Brown devoting himself to the cause after an antislavery activist is murdered.

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Thu., July 9, 2015
12:30 am
(60 minutes)

Part One: 1820s-1838  

Part 1 of 3. Dramatic scenes and documentary segments tell the stories of abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It begins with the enslaved Douglass becoming hopeful when he learns of the abolitionist movement; Garrison founding the Liberator, an antislavery newspaper; Stowe witnessing slavery during her first trip to the South; and Brown devoting himself to the cause after an antislavery activist is murdered.

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Thu., July 9, 2015
1:30 am
(60 minutes)

Part Two: 1838-1854  

Part 2 of 3. Frederick Douglass escapes slavery, joins William Lloyd Garrison in the abolitionist movement, writes his autobiography and flees to England to avoid being captured by his former owner; and Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1852, which changes how many Americans view slavery. Also: an incident in 1854 Boston in which President Franklin Pierce, a slavery sympathizer, orders the military to return a jailed fugitive slave to his owner in Virginia.

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Thu., July 9, 2015
1:30 am
(60 minutes)

Part Two: 1838-1854  

Part 2 of 3. Frederick Douglass escapes slavery, joins William Lloyd Garrison in the abolitionist movement, writes his autobiography and flees to England to avoid being captured by his former owner; and Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1852, which changes how many Americans view slavery. Also: an incident in 1854 Boston in which President Franklin Pierce, a slavery sympathizer, orders the military to return a jailed fugitive slave to his owner in Virginia.

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Thu., July 9, 2015
3:30 am
(60 minutes)

Part One: 1820s-1838  

Part 1 of 3. Dramatic scenes and documentary segments tell the stories of abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It begins with the enslaved Douglass becoming hopeful when he learns of the abolitionist movement; Garrison founding the Liberator, an antislavery newspaper; Stowe witnessing slavery during her first trip to the South; and Brown devoting himself to the cause after an antislavery activist is murdered.

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Thu., July 9, 2015
3:30 am
(60 minutes)

Part One: 1820s-1838  

Part 1 of 3. Dramatic scenes and documentary segments tell the stories of abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It begins with the enslaved Douglass becoming hopeful when he learns of the abolitionist movement; Garrison founding the Liberator, an antislavery newspaper; Stowe witnessing slavery during her first trip to the South; and Brown devoting himself to the cause after an antislavery activist is murdered.

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Thu., July 9, 2015
1:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part One: 1820s-1838  

Part 1 of 3. Dramatic scenes and documentary segments tell the stories of abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It begins with the enslaved Douglass becoming hopeful when he learns of the abolitionist movement; Garrison founding the Liberator, an antislavery newspaper; Stowe witnessing slavery during her first trip to the South; and Brown devoting himself to the cause after an antislavery activist is murdered.

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Thu., July 9, 2015
1:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part One: 1820s-1838  

Part 1 of 3. Dramatic scenes and documentary segments tell the stories of abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It begins with the enslaved Douglass becoming hopeful when he learns of the abolitionist movement; Garrison founding the Liberator, an antislavery newspaper; Stowe witnessing slavery during her first trip to the South; and Brown devoting himself to the cause after an antislavery activist is murdered.

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Thu., July 9, 2015
2:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part Two: 1838-1854  

Part 2 of 3. Frederick Douglass escapes slavery, joins William Lloyd Garrison in the abolitionist movement, writes his autobiography and flees to England to avoid being captured by his former owner; and Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1852, which changes how many Americans view slavery. Also: an incident in 1854 Boston in which President Franklin Pierce, a slavery sympathizer, orders the military to return a jailed fugitive slave to his owner in Virginia.

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Thu., July 9, 2015
2:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part Two: 1838-1854  

Part 2 of 3. Frederick Douglass escapes slavery, joins William Lloyd Garrison in the abolitionist movement, writes his autobiography and flees to England to avoid being captured by his former owner; and Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1852, which changes how many Americans view slavery. Also: an incident in 1854 Boston in which President Franklin Pierce, a slavery sympathizer, orders the military to return a jailed fugitive slave to his owner in Virginia.

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Sun., July 12, 2015
2:00 am
(60 minutes)

Part One: 1820s-1838  

Part 1 of 3. Dramatic scenes and documentary segments tell the stories of abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It begins with the enslaved Douglass becoming hopeful when he learns of the abolitionist movement; Garrison founding the Liberator, an antislavery newspaper; Stowe witnessing slavery during her first trip to the South; and Brown devoting himself to the cause after an antislavery activist is murdered.

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Sun., July 12, 2015
2:00 am
(60 minutes)

Part One: 1820s-1838  

Part 1 of 3. Dramatic scenes and documentary segments tell the stories of abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown. It begins with the enslaved Douglass becoming hopeful when he learns of the abolitionist movement; Garrison founding the Liberator, an antislavery newspaper; Stowe witnessing slavery during her first trip to the South; and Brown devoting himself to the cause after an antislavery activist is murdered.

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Sun., July 12, 2015
3:00 am
(60 minutes)

Part Two: 1838-1854  

Part 2 of 3. Frederick Douglass escapes slavery, joins William Lloyd Garrison in the abolitionist movement, writes his autobiography and flees to England to avoid being captured by his former owner; and Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1852, which changes how many Americans view slavery. Also: an incident in 1854 Boston in which President Franklin Pierce, a slavery sympathizer, orders the military to return a jailed fugitive slave to his owner in Virginia.

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Sun., July 12, 2015
3:00 am
(60 minutes)

Part Two: 1838-1854  

Part 2 of 3. Frederick Douglass escapes slavery, joins William Lloyd Garrison in the abolitionist movement, writes his autobiography and flees to England to avoid being captured by his former owner; and Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1852, which changes how many Americans view slavery. Also: an incident in 1854 Boston in which President Franklin Pierce, a slavery sympathizer, orders the military to return a jailed fugitive slave to his owner in Virginia.

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Tue., July 14, 2015
4:00 pm
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

Chronicling the 16-year struggle (1925-41) to fashion Mount Rushmore in South Dakota's Black Hills, and profiling sculptor Gutzon Borglum, its creator. Borglum was 60 when plans for Rushmore were announced and he died not long after the final busts were completed. In between, money was often scarce and the granite from which the likenesses were hewn was crumbly. But Borglum wouldn't be denied, and he had foresight: He planned for 300,000 years' worth of weather erosion. Michael Murphy narrates.

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Tue., July 14, 2015
4:00 pm
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

Chronicling the 16-year struggle (1925-41) to fashion Mount Rushmore in South Dakota's Black Hills, and profiling sculptor Gutzon Borglum, its creator. Borglum was 60 when plans for Rushmore were announced and he died not long after the final busts were completed. In between, money was often scarce and the granite from which the likenesses were hewn was crumbly. But Borglum wouldn't be denied, and he had foresight: He planned for 300,000 years' worth of weather erosion. Michael Murphy narrates.

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Tue., July 14, 2015
8:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory  

Conclusion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, an attempt to spark a slave revolt, is recounted, as is the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln and what followed: the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation and adoption of the 13th Amendment in December 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation also enabled freed men to enlist in the Union Army. As a result, two of Frederick Douglass' sons go to war; and self-described "ultra peace man" William Lloyd Garrison allowed his first-born son to enlist.

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Tue., July 14, 2015
8:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory  

Conclusion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, an attempt to spark a slave revolt, is recounted, as is the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln and what followed: the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation and adoption of the 13th Amendment in December 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation also enabled freed men to enlist in the Union Army. As a result, two of Frederick Douglass' sons go to war; and self-described "ultra peace man" William Lloyd Garrison allowed his first-born son to enlist.

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Tue., July 14, 2015
9:00 pm
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The 1977 NYC blackout, which began the night of July 13th and concluded the next day, is recalled. Seven million people lost power; more than 1600 businesses were looted; more than 3700 people were arrested; and firefighters battled more than 1000 fires. It wasn't a complete nightmare, however: Impromptu block parties broke out; Upper East Side residents enjoyed candlelit dinners on their roofs; and patrons of the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center received free champagne.

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Tue., July 14, 2015
9:00 pm
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The 1977 NYC blackout, which began the night of July 13th and concluded the next day, is recalled. Seven million people lost power; more than 1600 businesses were looted; more than 3700 people were arrested; and firefighters battled more than 1000 fires. It wasn't a complete nightmare, however: Impromptu block parties broke out; Upper East Side residents enjoyed candlelit dinners on their roofs; and patrons of the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center received free champagne.

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Wed., July 15, 2015
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory  

Conclusion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, an attempt to spark a slave revolt, is recounted, as is the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln and what followed: the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation and adoption of the 13th Amendment in December 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation also enabled freed men to enlist in the Union Army. As a result, two of Frederick Douglass' sons go to war; and self-described "ultra peace man" William Lloyd Garrison allowed his first-born son to enlist.

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Wed., July 15, 2015
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The 1977 NYC blackout, which began the night of July 13th and concluded the next day, is recalled. Seven million people lost power; more than 1600 businesses were looted; more than 3700 people were arrested; and firefighters battled more than 1000 fires. It wasn't a complete nightmare, however: Impromptu block parties broke out; Upper East Side residents enjoyed candlelit dinners on their roofs; and patrons of the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center received free champagne.

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Wed., July 15, 2015
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory  

Conclusion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, an attempt to spark a slave revolt, is recounted, as is the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln and what followed: the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation and adoption of the 13th Amendment in December 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation also enabled freed men to enlist in the Union Army. As a result, two of Frederick Douglass' sons go to war; and self-described "ultra peace man" William Lloyd Garrison allowed his first-born son to enlist.

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Wed., July 15, 2015
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The 1977 NYC blackout, which began the night of July 13th and concluded the next day, is recalled. Seven million people lost power; more than 1600 businesses were looted; more than 3700 people were arrested; and firefighters battled more than 1000 fires. It wasn't a complete nightmare, however: Impromptu block parties broke out; Upper East Side residents enjoyed candlelit dinners on their roofs; and patrons of the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center received free champagne.

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Wed., July 15, 2015
3:00 pm
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The 1977 NYC blackout, which began the night of July 13th and concluded the next day, is recalled. Seven million people lost power; more than 1600 businesses were looted; more than 3700 people were arrested; and firefighters battled more than 1000 fires. It wasn't a complete nightmare, however: Impromptu block parties broke out; Upper East Side residents enjoyed candlelit dinners on their roofs; and patrons of the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center received free champagne.

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Wed., July 15, 2015
3:00 pm
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The 1977 NYC blackout, which began the night of July 13th and concluded the next day, is recalled. Seven million people lost power; more than 1600 businesses were looted; more than 3700 people were arrested; and firefighters battled more than 1000 fires. It wasn't a complete nightmare, however: Impromptu block parties broke out; Upper East Side residents enjoyed candlelit dinners on their roofs; and patrons of the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center received free champagne.

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Wed., July 15, 2015
4:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory  

Conclusion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, an attempt to spark a slave revolt, is recounted, as is the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln and what followed: the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation and adoption of the 13th Amendment in December 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation also enabled freed men to enlist in the Union Army. As a result, two of Frederick Douglass' sons go to war; and self-described "ultra peace man" William Lloyd Garrison allowed his first-born son to enlist.

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Wed., July 15, 2015
4:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory  

Conclusion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, an attempt to spark a slave revolt, is recounted, as is the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln and what followed: the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation and adoption of the 13th Amendment in December 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation also enabled freed men to enlist in the Union Army. As a result, two of Frederick Douglass' sons go to war; and self-described "ultra peace man" William Lloyd Garrison allowed his first-born son to enlist.

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Thu., July 16, 2015
12:30 am
(60 minutes)

Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory  

Conclusion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, an attempt to spark a slave revolt, is recounted, as is the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln and what followed: the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation and adoption of the 13th Amendment in December 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation also enabled freed men to enlist in the Union Army. As a result, two of Frederick Douglass' sons go to war; and self-described "ultra peace man" William Lloyd Garrison allowed his first-born son to enlist.

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Thu., July 16, 2015
12:30 am
(60 minutes)

Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory  

Conclusion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, an attempt to spark a slave revolt, is recounted, as is the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln and what followed: the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation and adoption of the 13th Amendment in December 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation also enabled freed men to enlist in the Union Army. As a result, two of Frederick Douglass' sons go to war; and self-described "ultra peace man" William Lloyd Garrison allowed his first-born son to enlist.

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Thu., July 16, 2015
1:30 am
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The 1977 NYC blackout, which began the night of July 13th and concluded the next day, is recalled. Seven million people lost power; more than 1600 businesses were looted; more than 3700 people were arrested; and firefighters battled more than 1000 fires. It wasn't a complete nightmare, however: Impromptu block parties broke out; Upper East Side residents enjoyed candlelit dinners on their roofs; and patrons of the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center received free champagne.

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Thu., July 16, 2015
1:30 am
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The 1977 NYC blackout, which began the night of July 13th and concluded the next day, is recalled. Seven million people lost power; more than 1600 businesses were looted; more than 3700 people were arrested; and firefighters battled more than 1000 fires. It wasn't a complete nightmare, however: Impromptu block parties broke out; Upper East Side residents enjoyed candlelit dinners on their roofs; and patrons of the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center received free champagne.

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Thu., July 16, 2015
3:30 am
(60 minutes)

Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory  

Conclusion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, an attempt to spark a slave revolt, is recounted, as is the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln and what followed: the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation and adoption of the 13th Amendment in December 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation also enabled freed men to enlist in the Union Army. As a result, two of Frederick Douglass' sons go to war; and self-described "ultra peace man" William Lloyd Garrison allowed his first-born son to enlist.

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Thu., July 16, 2015
3:30 am
(60 minutes)

Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory  

Conclusion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, an attempt to spark a slave revolt, is recounted, as is the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln and what followed: the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation and adoption of the 13th Amendment in December 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation also enabled freed men to enlist in the Union Army. As a result, two of Frederick Douglass' sons go to war; and self-described "ultra peace man" William Lloyd Garrison allowed his first-born son to enlist.

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Thu., July 16, 2015
5:00 am
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

The 1977 NYC blackout, which began the night of July 13th and concluded the next day, is recalled. Seven million people lost power; more than 1600 businesses were looted; more than 3700 people were arrested; and firefighters battled more than 1000 fires. It wasn't a complete nightmare, however: Impromptu block parties broke out; Upper East Side residents enjoyed candlelit dinners on their roofs; and patrons of the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center received free champagne.

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Thu., July 16, 2015
2:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory  

Conclusion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, an attempt to spark a slave revolt, is recounted, as is the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln and what followed: the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation and adoption of the 13th Amendment in December 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation also enabled freed men to enlist in the Union Army. As a result, two of Frederick Douglass' sons go to war; and self-described "ultra peace man" William Lloyd Garrison allowed his first-born son to enlist.

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Thu., July 16, 2015
2:00 pm
(60 minutes)

Part Three: 1854-Emancipation and Victory  

Conclusion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, an attempt to spark a slave revolt, is recounted, as is the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln and what followed: the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation and adoption of the 13th Amendment in December 1865. The Emancipation Proclamation also enabled freed men to enlist in the Union Army. As a result, two of Frederick Douglass' sons go to war; and self-described "ultra peace man" William Lloyd Garrison allowed his first-born son to enlist.

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Sat., July 18, 2015
2:00 pm
(60 minutes)

American Experience  

Chronicling the 16-year struggle (1925-41) to fashion Mount Rushmore in South Dakota's Black Hills, and profiling sculptor Gutzon Borglum, its creator. Borglum was 60 when plans for Rushmore were announced and he died not long after the final busts were completed. In between, money was often scarce and the granite from which the likenesses were hewn was crumbly. But Borglum wouldn't be denied, and he had foresight: He planned for 300,000 years' worth of weather erosion. Michael Murphy narrates.