Synopsis by Alice Day
Originally broadcast under the title Sold Down the River, Abolition: Broken Promises tells the story of the hardships endured by freed slaves and their families. It is an unrelenting tale of oppression, humiliation, and racism. The Fugitive Slave Law and the Dred Scott decision are both discussed. Narrator Juliet Stevenson documents the rise of the Ku Klux Klan,and the stereotype of the black male as a criminal. Scholars from several institutions offer comments on the predominance of unfair practices and inhumane treatment.