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When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than four million slaves were set free. Over 70 years later, the memories of some 2,000 slave-era survivors were transcribed and preserved by the Library of Congress. These first-person anecdotes, ranging from the brutal to the bittersweet, have been brought to vivid life in this unique HBO documentary special, featuring the on-camera voices of over a dozen top African-American actors.

  1. Ed Bell

    Director

  2. Thomas Lennon

    Director

  3. Mark Jonathan Harris

    Writer

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  1. Whoopi Goldberg

    Whoopi Goldberg

    Narrator (voice)

  2. Angela Bassett

    Angela Bassett

  3. Michael Boatman

    Michael Boatman

  4. Roscoe Lee Browne

    Roscoe Lee Browne

  5. Don Cheadle

    Don Cheadle

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Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

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  • February 10, 2003
    TV

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 15m

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