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Steve Edison is the founder of the Abolition News Network, a maker of educational DVDs on the United States slave era in the 18th and 19th centuries. In a talk-show format, actors portray historical figures from this period and voice various opinions on slavery. Steve Edison's 10-DVD series, which comes with supplemental teaching materials, starts with a two-part introduction to slavery. Guests on the show include abolitionists, Underground Railroad participants, rebellion leaders, presidents, and political commentators. Next, Steve Edison's series examines slavery in the Constitution and federal laws that affected the practice, and then Volume 4 shares the stories of men and women who escaped slavery. The show assumes the pro-slavery stance in Volume 5, and Volume 6 features those who died fighting against slavery. Steve Edison's seventh DVD concludes the series with a look at judicial action on slave cases. Steve Edison founded the Abolition News Network in 2006, on the 150th anniversary of the Dred Scott decision. Prior to establishing the Abolition News Network, Steve Edison led the International Folklore Federation of Greater St. Louis as President. The organization entertained and enriched the lives of St. Louis residents by sharing with them the cultures of their city. Steve Edison's time with the federation culminated in a re-enactment of the 1904 World’s Fair, in celebration of its anniversary. Steve Edison also is a member of The Abraham Lincoln Association, which issues a quarterly journal about the 16th American president. Steve Edison received his Bachelor's degree in literature from Antioch College in 1960. He joined the Army for a two-year stint after college, and then went on to work in his family business for 25 years, eventually running his own company for five years.