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'March To Freedom'
(4-Disc DVD / NR / 2016 / Mill Creek Entertainment)

Overview: A 400 Year History from Slavery to Salvation! Two critically-acclaimed documentary series together in one DVD set: Up From Slavery and Emancipation Road.

DVD Verdict: OK, from the off, those not in the know should know that this incredible 14-part documentary 'MARCH TO FREEDOM' is the entire chronicle of a struggle 400 years in the making. From the first African slaves in the colonies to today, the rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness have been tested throughout the history of America and are examined in this indepth, and highly-charged 14-part documentary series.

Brought together two-fold in this critically-acclaimed documentary series. the first is a seven-parter, Up From Slavery. A powerful, compelling and haunting documentary series, it examines the history of slavery in America, from the arrival of the first African slaves through Nat Turner's Rebellion to the Civil War and beyond.

In 1860, as the American Experiment threatened to explode into a bloody civil war, there were as many as four hundred thousand slave-owners in the United States, and almost four million slaves. The nation was founded upon the idea that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The nation would pay a bloody cost for denying that right to more than twelve percent of its population.

But when slavery was first brought to America's shores, this war, and even the nation it tore apart, was centuries in the future. With incredibly detailed historical reenactments, expert commentary and the stories of slavery told through first-hand accounts, this is an epic struggle 400 years in the making. A journey into the past like none other. This is the story of these men and women who by their hands laid the foundation of what would become the most powerful nation on Earth.

Part One - 1619 Virginia - The First African Slaves arrive
Part Two - 18th Century Colonial America and Slavery under the rule of the British Empire
Part Three - Slavery in the United States after the Revolution
Part Four - Nat Turner s Rebellion, 1831
Part Five - Abolition from the North grows
Part Six - The Civil War. Emancipation Proclamation
Part Seven - Aftermath of the Civil War and new freedom

Next up is the seven-parter Emancipation Road, yet another addition to one of the most compelling journeys through America's greatest long running saga. In 1860, the nation founded upon an idea that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness had as many as four hundred thousand slave-owners and almost four million slaves.

By denying these rights to more than twelve percent of its population, America would soon pay with the blood of a generation. The story of African Slavery in America started with the first permanent English Colony in the 17th century and ended with the Civil War. But those two hundred and fifty years of struggle were just the beginning.

Part One 1625 - 1863 The Shadows of Slavery
Part Two 1863 - 1870 The Emancipation Proclamation
Part Three 1870 - 1909 Separate But Equal
Part Four 1909 - WWII Regardless of the Color of One's Skin
Part Five 1945 - 1963 The Double Victory
Part Six 1963 - 1968 The Civil Rights Era
Part Seven 1968 - Today Heroes of Hope

Also captured here is the famous "I Have a Dream" address which was delivered in August 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. However, less well-remembered are the early sermons of that young, 25-year-old pastor who first began preaching at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in 1954.

As a political leader in the Civil Rights Movement and as a modest preacher in a Baptist church, Martin Luther King evolved and matured across the span of a life cut short. The range of his rhetoric was anticipated and encompassed within "The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life," which he preached as his trial sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in 1954 and every year thereafter for the rest of his life. In closing, I implore you to buy this incredible DVD for yourself, sit down one night, hit play, and sit back to allow true American history waft over you quite like it's not been told for many a decade before. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.