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Seizing Freedom

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Ending slavery in America required so much more than official declarations and battlefield victories.
Freedom gets built up over time—through a billion tiny, everyday acts. It’s there in the chance to enlist and fight for a cause. It’s there in the effort to reunite families torn apart by the cruelty of slave trading. It’s there in the right to learn to read or found a church or decide how you want to make a living. And it’s there in the insistence on the legal recognition of the right to do all these things.

That’s the freedom you’ll hear about on this podcast, and you’ll hear about it directly from the people who seized it. All of the stories on this show are drawn from archives of voices from American history that have been muted time and time again.

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Join a Collective Video Response to “A Hard Road to Freedom”

Join a Collective Video Response to “A Hard Road to Freedom”

By Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

  • Anytime/On Your Own
Stowe House Tours

Stowe House Tours

By Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

  • Live in Real Time
Take a Quiz on DC Voting Rights

Take a Quiz on DC Voting Rights

By DC History Center

  • Anytime/On Your Own
Fresh Talk: Liz Ogbu and Swoon—How do we build to better?

Fresh Talk: Liz Ogbu and Swoon—How do we build to better?

By National Museum of Women in the Arts

  • Anytime/On Your Own
Watch “Walk Through the War: 1863 – Civilians Revolt”
Explore the “Many Voices, One Nation” Exhibition

Explore the “Many Voices, One Nation” Exhibition

By Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

  • Anytime/On Your Own