The Civil War (1990)

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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

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 President Abraham Lincoln (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Mary Chestnut (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Ulysses S. Grant (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Frederick Douglass / ... (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Robert E. Lee (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Himself - Narrator (9 episodes, 1990)
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 William Tecumseh Sherman (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Pvt. Elijah Hunt Rhodes (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Pvt. Sam Watkins (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Jefferson Davis (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Horace Greeley / ... (9 episodes, 1990)
Terry Courier ...
 George McClellan (9 episodes, 1990)
Jody Powell ...
 Stonewall Jackson / ... (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Benjamin F. Butler (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Various (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ...
 Various (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Jerome Dempsey ...
 Various (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Various / ... (9 episodes, 1990)
Betsy Apple ...
 Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Carol Craven ...
 Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Marissa Copeland ...
 Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Halo Wines ...
 Various (9 episodes, 1990)
David Marks ...
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Ronnie Gilbert ...
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 Various (9 episodes, 1990)
John Hartford ...
 Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Walt MacPherson ...
 Various (9 episodes, 1990)
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Bradford Washburn ...
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Jesse Carr ...
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Wendy Tilghman ...
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Joe Mattys ...
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 Himself - Writer / ... (8 episodes, 1990)
Ed Bearss ...
 Himself - Historian (6 episodes, 1990)
Barbara Fields ...
 Herself - Historian (5 episodes, 1990)
James Symington ...
 Himself - Former Congressman (4 episodes, 1990)
Stephen B. Oates ...
 Himself - Historian / ... (4 episodes, 1990)
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This highly acclaimed mini series traces the course of the U.S. Civil War from the abolitionist movement through all the major battles to the death of President Lincoln and the beginnings of Reconstruction. The story is mostly told in the words of the participants themselves, through their diaries, letters, and Visuals are usually still photographs and illustrations of the time, and the soundtrack is likewise made up of war-era tunes played on period instruments. Several modern-day historians offer periodic comment and insight on the war's causes and events. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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It divided a country. It created a nation.


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23 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Shelby Foote became a sudden celebrity after the success of this series. Foote's phone number was listed in his local phone book and he received frequent calls from fans. He never removed his number from the phone book and received calls whenever the series aired for the rest of his life. See more »

Goofs

In describing the assassination of President Lincoln, the narrator states the president was 54 years old when he died. He was, in fact, 56 years old. This mistake, however, has been corrected on the DVD. See more »

Quotes

[On his escape from slavery]
Frederick Douglass: I appear this evening as a thief and robber. I stole this head, these limbs, this body from my master and ran off with them.
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We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder
Performed by Bernice Johnson Reagon
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Absolute perfection!
13 September 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Ken Burns is a genius and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude for making this wonderful documentary on the American civil war. Even though this is several hours long, I have watched it over and over and still never tire of it. Each time I see it I learn something new. The voices doing the various parts are perfect, the pictures are perfect, EVERYTHING IS PERFECT! From the experienced historian to the novice all will enjoy this. So many things touched my soul from the start of the war to that lovely true letter from the soldier, Sullivan Ballough written to his wife when he knew he would die... (many tears were shed at this point) to the end. In my opinion I could comment on this for pages and pages but no matter what I said it could not show my depth of gratitude for seeing this masterpiece. It will go down as the best documentary ever about the civil war.


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