Humankind: Justice Denied
How could a nation founded on a Declaration that "all men are created equal" permit slavery? This one-hour Humankind special examines the fascinating historical role played by U.S. federal courts in enforcing slavery.
How could a nation founded on a Declaration that "all men are created equal" permit slavery? Nowhere was this contradiction more stark than at the Supreme Court, which formally ruled in the Dred Scott case that black people have "no rights" -- a decision Abraham Lincoln adamantly opposed. In this one-hour Humankind special, produced in association with WGBH/Boston, we'll learn about harsh public reaction when federal judges enforced slavery through fugitive slave laws and the Dred Scott ruling.
That's Humankind: Justice Denied Saturday at 3 pm and Sunday at 6 pm.