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American Experience
Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry, The
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Premiered October 1988 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. Series release date: 10/1988

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The story of the first officially formed regiment of northern black soldiers to fight in the Civil War. The feature film "Glory" gave overdue recognition to the fact that African Americans fought against slavery. This film tells the true story of that same regiment, who they were and why they fought, as well as that of black Boston at the time. The 54th was not made up mostly of ex-slaves, but rather of educated free men such as teachers, shopkeepers and preachers. The documentary will chronicle the activism of the black community in Boston out of which the 54th emerged. Morgan Freeman narrates.



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