BOSTON (November 30, 2006)–WGBH Boston Video will debut two documentaries from the acclaimed American Experience series for the first time on DVD.

New York Underground: Building the Country’s Largest Subway System
New York Underground tells the story of how the longest, most sophisticated electric subway in the world was built. Its construction, begun in 1900, would change New York City forever, expanding its boundaries beyond a two-mile, densely populated stretch of lower Manhattan to encompass the countryside to the north and boroughs to the east.

Interviews with experts on nineteenth-century technology and New York social history recreate a sense of city life at the turn of the century: the rising merchant class, the wealthy established families, and the seemingly endless waves of poor immigrants, all brought together on the city’s crowded streets.

Roots of Resistance: The Story Behind the Underground Railroad

At the time of the Civil War, one of every eight people living in the United States was considered the legal property of someone else. This American Experience special tells the history of a clandestine network of black and whites willing to risk their lives to assist those slaves whose desperation drove them to escape.

What came to be called the Underground Railroad was a loosely organized group of deeply committed individuals who employed everything from secret codes to false-bottom wagons to bring fugitives out of bondage to havens of freedom in the northern U.S., Canada, and overseas. But arriving at last in a “free” state was no guarantee of freedom. Professional slave catchers and bounty hunters were often hired to track down runaways be enraged southern slave holders who considered the Underground Railroad nothing less than a conspiracy to deprive them of their lawful property.

Told through the narratives of escaped slaves and recollections of those descended from the Railroad’s courageous “passengers,” Roots of Resistance also explores the myriad of ways in which African Americans and their white allies fought against slavery and strove to make the dream of freedom real.

To order any DVD or VHS release from WGBH Boston Video, including New York Underground and Roots of Resistance, call (800) 949-8670 or visit shop.wgbh.org.

Since its launch, WGBH Boston Video has released many critically acclaimed public television programs on DVD and video, including the Emmy Award-winning The Miracle Of Life and The Elegant Universe (NOVA), The French Chef with Julia Child, David Copperfield (Masterpiece Theatre), The Joy of Stress, Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, Sister Wendy’s American Collection, Evolution, and Africans In America. Recent releases include The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (Mystery!), Degrassi Junior High, Origins (NOVA), They Made America, and Building Big with David Macaulay.

PRODUCT NAME: New York Underground: Building the Country’s Largest Subway System
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 1 hour
FORMAT: DVD
SRP: $19.95
PREBOOK: 11/17/06
STREET: 12/12/06

PRODUCT NAME: Roots of Resistance: The Story Behind the Underground Railroad
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 1 hour
FORMAT: DVD
SRP: $19.95
PREBOOK: 1/2/07
STREET: 1/30/07

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