At noon on Wednesday, February 19th, in the Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall, LSU Libraries will present film clips from the Emmy-award nominated documentary The Abolitionists. Following the film clips, LSU History professor Nancy Isenberg will lead a discussion of the film and its themes. The Abolitionists is composed of three distinct parts, and at 6:30 p.m. on February 19th, the third part of the film will be shown in its entirety at the LSU Women’s Center. These two presentations are the final LSU-located events in the Libraries’ Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle program.
The Abolitionists vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. Through an innovative use of reenactments, this three-episode series puts a face on the anti-slavery movement—or rather, five faces: William Lloyd Garrison, impassioned New England newspaper editor; Frederick Douglass, former slave, author, and activist; Angelina Grimké, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential Uncle Tom’s Cabin; and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry.
The films in the Created Equal series have proven to be stimulating, entertaining, and educational, and The Abolitionists promises have these qualities as well. We hope you can join us for these final LSU events in the Created Equal program.