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Following the North Star (1985)

North Star



Genre: History, Educational

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985

Duration: 00:14:11

Subjects: Spirituals (Songs) | BLACK HISTORY | Slavery | Slaves | Plantation life | Religion | Fugitive slaves | Oral history | Marriage


  • Stewart, Genevieve Host


This episode of the series "North Star" from 1985 focuses on the history of slavery in the United States from the perspective of the slaves, including: the capture of slaves in Africa; their voyage on the Middle Passage to the United States; the daily life of a slave working on a plantation in either the fields or as domestic servants; their living quarters; punishments; their efforts to save their African heritage through oral histories passed down to their children; the importance of religion and spiritual songs in their lives; the efforts of slaves to runaway; marriage ceremonies; and the importance of family life. Host: Genevieve Stewart