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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 William Tecumseh Sherman (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Jefferson Davis (9 episodes, 1990)
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 George McClellan (9 episodes, 1990)
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Carol Craven ...
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Ronnie Gilbert ...
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John Hartford ...
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Bradford Washburn ...
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Jesse Carr ...
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 Himself - Writer / ... (8 episodes, 1990)
Ed Bearss ...
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Barbara Fields ...
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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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Shelby Foote and Horton Foote were distant cousins. Their great-grandfathers were brothers. See more »

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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 »

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Frederick Douglass: Verily, the work does not end with the abolition of slavery, but only begins.
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Followed by Industrialization & Urbanization (1870-1910) (1996) See more »

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Great documentary by a great documentarian
2 May 2002 | by (Indiana) – See all my reviews

This is by far the best documentary I've ever seen. History is my favorite subject to study and I have seen a lot of documentaries and "The Civil War" by Ken Burns is by far my favorite.

The Civil War is my favorite subject in history to study and Ken Burns does and excellent job at spacing out the sequence of the war in this set, basically two videos per year of the war. Many people stereotypically think of documentaries as dull and boring, but Ken Burns definately does not let "The Civil War" fall into that stereotype. Thats why this documentary is not only good for learning but the soundtrack, the scenery and everything else put into it makes you really appreciate and get a feel for the Civil War era. As you watch through the videos from Fort Sumter through Antietam and Gettysburg and up to Appomattox, you can really get the fealing of how the actual Yankee and Rebel soldiers felt during these times. burns does not only focus on the battles which would stand out as the most interesting part of a war, but he gets into the personal lives of the soldiers, the soldiers' families, abolitionists and slaves.

David McCullough has a wonderful voice as the narrator and it was also nice to hear some familiar voices for some of the characters such as Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman, and Sam Waterston. The interviews by Edwin Bears, Shelby Foote and other historians were always nice to hear among the documentary.

Overall a very well done documentary on the Civil War. If you are interested in American history in general this and "The West" also by Ken Burns are an excellent choice to see.


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