America's long struggle against slavery

Richard Bell, 1978-

DVD - 2020

America's Long Struggle against Slavery is a chance to survey the history of the American anti-slavery movement, from the dawn of the transatlantic slave trade during the late 15th century to the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and beyond. Taught by Professor Richard Bell of the University of Maryland, these 30 eye-opening lectures give an up-close view of a venal institution and the people who fought against it, and who often paid for their courage with their lives.

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Great courses.
Instructional films
Educational films
Nonfiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Chantilly, VA : The Teaching Company [2020]
Item Description
"The Great courses, Topic: History ; Subtopic: American history"--Cover.
"Course no. 30000"--Disc labels.
30 lectures lasting 30 minutes each.
Course guidebooks laid in each container. Guidebooks contain outlines for each 30 minute lecture.
Physical Description
6 videodiscs (approximately 900 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (iv, 218 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)
Includes bibliographical references in course guidebook.
Main Author
Richard Bell, 1978- (lecturer)
Corporate Author
Teaching Company (production company)
  • Disc 1.
  • Understanding the fight against slavery
  • Origins of slavery in the British Empire
  • Opposing the African slave trade
  • Shipboard rebellion and resistance
  • A free black family in colonial Virginia.
  • Disc 2.
  • Quakers and Puritans join the fight
  • Thomas Thistlewood's plantation revolution
  • Phibbah Thistlewood: sleeping with the enemy
  • Slave insurrections in the 18th century
  • Maroons: those who escaped.
  • Disc 3.
  • Three Quaker activists
  • Slavery in the War for Independence
  • Taking slavery to court
  • Charles Pinckney's counterrevolution
  • The Haitian revolution.
  • Disc 4.
  • Founding the free black churches
  • The second middle passage
  • "Our native country": opposing colonization
  • David Walker, Nat Turner, and black immediatism
  • William Lloyd Garrison's "Thousand witnesses".
  • Disc 5.
  • Surviving King Cotton
  • Roger Taney: nationalizing slavery
  • Frederick Douglass and aggressive abolition
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Tubman
  • The black heart of John Brown.
  • Disc 6.
  • The slaves' experience of the Civil War
  • US colored troops: those who served
  • Fighting slavery after emancipation
  • Slavery by another name
  • Fighting modern slavery.