Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson

Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson

Series 1 - Episode 3



Inevitably, the story of the slave trade is a story of victims and of lives destroyed. But for the third part of his journey, actor Samuel L Jackson (along with co-presenters Afua Hirsch and Simcha Jacobovici) looks at slavery in the US from the perspective of those who resisted and overturned it.

The episode explores the workings of the so-called Underground Railroad that helped families escape the plantations and flee to Canada using a network of activists and safe houses. In Nashville, Jackson hears the Jubilee Singers perform songs that contained coded messages to help escapees to safe passage, while Jacobovici delves into the story of Harriet Tubman.


A look at those who resisted slavery, including the famous Underground Railroad and freedom boats that helped runaway slaves to escape to the safety of Canada, using a network of safe houses to make the perilous journey north. The programme also examines the influence of famous freedom fighter Harriet Tubman and the black soldiers who served in the Union Army during the Civil War.