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Dennis Haysbert's Intimate Look at the Slave Trade

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Actor Dennis Haysbert stops by the National Museum of American History to learn more about the lives of his ancestors and other African Americans during the internal slave trade.

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A century and a half ago, North battled South in a conflict that would kill more Americans than any other war. The outcome would change our nation forever, and no one had more to gain, or to lose, than enslaved Americans. Join actor Dennis Haysbert as he looks at their struggles through the objects in the Smithsonian's collection. From a bloodstained map to the inkwell Lincoln used to write the Emancipation Proclamation, these artifacts transport us to a brutal and complicated time when our country tore itself apart.

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