The Abolitionists Part 1 PBS A Viewing Guide Questions American Experience


Social Studies – History, U.S. History, Other (Social Studies – History)
Grade Levels
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Resource Type
Activities, Handouts, Movie Guides
File Type
Zip (395 KB|7 (with answer key)


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This documentary is one of the few I show my Social Studies classes. They are absolutely engrossed within the first ten minutes by the stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, John Brown, Angelina Grimke and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

This viewing guide provides guiding questions for students for The Abolitionists – Part 1 – American Experience and an exit ticket to check for understanding. A key is included to check for accuracy and to provide to Special Education students for differentiation. There are 17 questions in all. I like to pause the documentary to go over the answers, so this provides enough to keep them engaged without making the process unwieldy.

The videos are available on iTunes, Youtube and Amazon.

Included in this resource:

  • A Word Version (editable)
  • A PDF Version (not editable)
  • A Google Doc Version (provided on the front page by a link to make your own copy for editing)

Key Words: Abolitionists, Slavery, Anti-Slavery, The Civil War, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimke, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown, American Experience, PBS

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