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PBS looks at slavery as America's 'main event'

February 09, 2005

Wednesday, Feb. 9


9 p.m. on PBS

"Slavery and the Making of America"

This new four-part documentary focuses on how slavery was an important element in making the United States a rich and powerful nation. "Slavery was no sideshow in American history," says historian James Horton. "It was the main event." Morgan Freeman narrates. Concludes at the same time next week.

10 p.m. on ABC

"Wife Swap"

In an episode that may bring unwelcome echoes of that long political season, the women changing places tonight are an anti-gay Texan and a lesbian mother from Arizona. And things apparently don't end well - one declares it a positive experience only to receive a judgmental response from the other.

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