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American Experience; The Abolitionists; Interview with R. Blakeslee Gilpin, part 5 of 5

Part of The Abolitionists Interviews.

2013

R. Blakeslee Gilpin is Assistant Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. His first book, John Brown Still Lives!: America's Long Reckoning With Violence, Equality, and Change, was published by UNC Press in November 2011.


License Clip
Series
American Experience
Program
The Abolitionists
Program Number

2501, 2502, 2503

Title

Interview with R. Blakeslee Gilpin, part 5 of 5

Series Description

As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award.

Program Description

On January 1, 1863, when abolitionist leaders Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison received word that the Emancipation Proclamation had declared three million enslaved African Americans "forever free," it was the culminating moment of the most important civil rights crusade in American history, and the climax of a long and difficult friendship between two remarkable men. In this series, the 150th anniversary of the Proclamation, American Experience tells the story of how Douglass, 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. The "holy warriors" of emancipation captured the private details of their tumultuous political and personal journeys toward freedom in letters, diaries, newspaper articles, and memoirs. They revealed themselves to be willful, arrogant, righteous, and unbending, yet empathic, faithful, loyal, candid, and just. They fought the slave-holding South with a moral passion and bickered among themselves with petty familiarity. Along the way, they fell in love, got married, had families, lost loved ones, formed cliques, quarreled and made up.

Duration

0:17:30

Asset Type

Raw video

Media Type

Video

Topics
History
Creators
Rapley, Rob (Producer)
Contributors
Gilpin, R. Blakeslee (Interviewee)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Rights Summary

Rights Holder: WGBH Educational Foundation

Citation
Chicago: “American Experience; The Abolitionists; Interview with R. Blakeslee Gilpin, part 5 of 5,” 2013, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 18, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_15DAF785056B424FAEDF2483722C397F.
MLA: “American Experience; The Abolitionists; Interview with R. Blakeslee Gilpin, part 5 of 5.” 2013. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 18, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_15DAF785056B424FAEDF2483722C397F>.
APA: American Experience; The Abolitionists; Interview with R. Blakeslee Gilpin, part 5 of 5. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_15DAF785056B424FAEDF2483722C397F
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