(From the American Experience website) Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called by many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to make a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate antislavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. …Bringing to life the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Brown, The Abolitionists takes place during some of the most violent and contentious decades in American history, amid white-hot religious passions that set souls on fire, and bitter debates over the meaning of the Constitution and the nature of race.
This study guide is divided into three parts and totals 55 fill-in the blank viewing questions. An answer key is provided. It will create detailed notes that will teach the students in a way that is perfect for an American History class or an American Literature class. A teacher can show portions of the documentary, the entire documentary, or assign students to view the documentary as it can be found on YouTube.
Key Words: American History, American Literature, Slavery, Anti-Slavery, American Civil War, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown, Abolitionists, politics, argument, American Experience