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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

The Burning of Pennsylvania Hall

  • Aired: 01/08/2013
  • 01:29
  • Rating: NR
Inside Pennsylvania Hall in 1838, an abolitionist meeting was disrupted when members of an anti-abolitionist mob threw rocks through the windows. The following night, the protestors set fire to the building -- completely destroying Philadelphia's monument to free speech.
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An anti-abolitionist mob threatens a meeting and burns Pennsylvania Hall to the ground.
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