‘Slavery And the Making Of America’ For PBS Premiere

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Tues. Jan. 31, 2006: With Black History Month beginning tomorrow, PBS television is gearing up for the premiere of its four-part series documenting the history of American slavery.

‘Slavery And The Making Of America,’ is set to premiere on February 9 from 9 to 11 p.m. Emmy-award winning film producer, Michigan-raised Dante James, produced it.

The documentary focuses on slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies to its end in the Southern states and the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction. It is narrated by Oscar award winning actor, Morgan Freeman.

According to a PBS preview, the film looks at slavery as an integral part of a developing nation, challenging the long held notion that slavery was exclusively a Southern enterprise. It also focused on the remarkable stories of individual slaves and offers new perspectives on the slave experience like the fictional story of Harriet Jacobs, who was purchased by Dr. Norcum of Edenton, North Carolina and at 15, became the object of her master’s sexual desire and her mistress’ jealousy.

The PBS sites also offers some audio clips from former slaves and their descendants that were chronicled in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration, a federally-sponsored project dedicated to chronicling the experience of slavery. Some tell of being brought to the U.S. from Africa while others describe the work they were ordered today and the plantations they belonged to, including the plantation of Thomas Jefferson in Virginia.

The documentary will be presented in four parts, beginning with ‘The Downward Spiral’ and continuing with ‘Liberty In The Air,’ ‘Seeds of Destruction’ and ‘The Challenge Of Freedom.’

For more, log on to: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/slavery/experience/gender/index.html. – Hardbeatnews.com