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Documentary Thursdays

March Documentaries

American Experience: Abolitionists

American Experience tells the story of how Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and their abolitionist allies Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown, and Angelina Grimke turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.

Part One: 1820s-1838

March 21, 10:30am

The abolitionist movement is in disarray. Increasing violence raises doubts about the efficacy of its pacifist tactics.

Part Two: 1838-1854

March 28, 10:30am

The divide between North and South deepens, touching off a crisis that is about to careen out of control.

Part Three: 1854 – Emancipation and Victory

April 4, 10:30am

The battle between pro-slavery and free-soil contingents rises to fever pitch.

April Documentaries

MAKERS Film Series: 

Over the last half century, the work of millions of women has altered virtually every aspect of American culture. The MAKERS series tells the story of these exceptional women – both famous and heretofore unknown individuals – whose pioneering contributions continue to shape the world in which we live.


April 11, 10:30am 

The story of the birth of the modern Women’s Movement, filled with the spirit, humor, and courage of a revolutionary generation.

Changing the World

April 18, 10:30am

The Women’s Movement begins to break out of the campuses and urban centers where it originated to affect nearly every man, woman, and child in America.

Charting a New Course

April 25, 10:30am

A focused look at the workplace, where individual women crashed through the glass ceiling, and to the courts, where they waged a battle against the “hidden injuries” of battery, harassment, and rape.