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Becoming Frederick Douglass

Discover how a man born into slavery became one of the most influential voices for democracy in American history. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the role Douglass played in securing the right to freedom for African Americans.

Becoming Frederick Douglass

54m 6s

Discover how a man born into slavery became one of the most influential voices for democracy in American history. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the role Douglass played in securing the right to freedom for African Americans.

Episodes

  • Becoming Frederick Douglass: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Becoming Frederick Douglass

    54m 6s

    Discover how a man born into slavery became one of the most influential voices for democracy in American history. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the role Douglass played in securing the right to freedom for African Americans.

Extras + Features

  • Anna Murray: asset-original

    Anna Murray

    4m 10s

    Douglass meets Anna Murray, and together they plot his daring escape to the North with Douglass disguised as a seaman. Once in New York, they reunite and marry. "Becoming Frederick Douglass" is produced and directed by Stanley Nelson and Nicole London and features Wendell Pierce as the voice of Douglass.

  • The Fugitive Slave Law: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Fugitive Slave Law

    3m 7s

    The passage of the Fugitive Slave Law empowers the government — and everyday “slave catchers” — to recapture any previously enslaved people and return them to their former enslavers. Becoming Frederick Douglass is produced and directed by Stanley Nelson and Nicole London and features Wendell Pierce as the voice of Douglass.

  • Battling the Slave Breaker: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Battling the Slave Breaker

    3m 49s

    The young, rebellious Douglass is sent to the brutal “slave breaker,” Edward Covey. Refusing to be broken, Douglass emerges even more determined to escape into freedom. Becoming Frederick Douglass is produced and directed by Stanley Nelson and Nicole London and features Wendell Pierce as the voice of Douglass.

  • Douglass and the Photograph: asset-original

    Douglass and the Photograph

    2m 20s

    One of the most photographed men of the 19th century, Douglass brilliantly uses the power of his image to challenge stereotypes of African Americans—a crucial step toward the abolition of slavery. "Becoming Frederick Douglass" is produced and directed by Stanley Nelson and Nicole London and features Wendell Pierce as the voice of Douglass.

  • Extended Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Extended Trailer

    1m 50s

    Discover how a man born into slavery became one of the most influential voices for democracy in American history. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the role Douglass played in securing the right to freedom for African Americans.

  • The North Star: asset-original

    The North Star

    4m 14s

    Douglass breaks away from his abolitionist mentor, William Lloyd Garrison, and starts the newspaper The North Star, an independent Black voice for abolition. "Becoming Frederick Douglass" is produced and directed by Stanley Nelson and Nicole London and features Wendell Pierce as the voice of Douglass.

  • The Abolitionists: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Abolitionists

    3m 1s

    In Massachusetts, Douglass meets abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison and uses his brilliant oratorical skills to speak out against slavery — becoming the most famous Black man of his time. Becoming Frederick Douglass is produced and directed by Stanley Nelson and Nicole London and features Wendell Pierce as the voice of Douglass.

Schedule

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    Becoming Frederick Douglass

    Thursday
    Dec 1

    1 Hour 30 Minutes

    The story of how Frederick Douglass, a man born into slavery, became one of the most prominent statesmen and influential voices for democracy in American history.

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