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S1:E1 Meet the Lord

Original Air Date: Oct 4, 2020

Henry Shackleford, a young slave living in the Kansas territory in 1856, has a run-in with abolitionist John Brown, who mistakes him for a girl and promptly “frees” him. Believing Henry to be his good luck charm, Brown welcomes him into his ragtag army and nicknames him “Onion.” Donning a dress for the first time while dodging bullets, Onion quickly awakens to the life or death stakes in the battle over human bondage and witnesses Brown’s divinely inspired violent agenda: to free the land of slavery by any means necessary. Series premiere.

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  • Season 1

    Ethan Hawke stars as abolitionist John Brown in this limited series based on the novel. "Onion" is a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown's motley family of abolitionist soldiers and finds himself in the famous 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry.

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