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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 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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 Jefferson Davis (9 episodes, 1990)
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 George McClellan (9 episodes, 1990)
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 Benjamin F. Butler (9 episodes, 1990)
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Jerome Dempsey ...
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Carol Craven ...
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Marissa Copeland ...
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Halo Wines ...
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David Marks ...
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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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Ed Bearss ...
 Himself - Historian (6 episodes, 1990)
Barbara Fields ...
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James Symington ...
 Himself - Former Congressman (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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The soundtrack used as General Grant's theme is Kingdom Come (sometimes called Year of Jubilo), a minstrel show song written in 1862 by Henry Clay Work (see also trivia about Sherman's theme). This catchy, rollicking tune has appeared in other popular movies such as Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) and several cartoon shorts by Tex Avery. However, no movie, except one which requires a strictly accurate historical context, would dare to use the original lyrics, which are quite offensive by modern standards. As an example, the first line is "Say, darkey, have you seen de massa wif de moustache on his face?" and it only goes downhill from there. 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 Post-War U.S.A. (1996) See more »

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We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder
Performed by Bernice Johnson Reagon
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The best use to which television has been put
28 September 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

As a historian I can say that there is little so difficult or gratifing as to bring history accurately alive for others. As a military historian I will say that war is both the highest and lowest achievement and calling of humanity. All wars are filled with pathos, and it is almost by definition impossible to fully understand and contextualize them until they are of the past. It may be that the US Civil War is that around which the greatest pathos exists; perhaps the last war in which honour and purpose were equally upheld on both sides - which is not to say that all those who participated were honorable or idealistic. In this work, Ken Burns brought history to life, made the war as understandable as possible, and transmitted the pathos, the honour, the horror, the vileness, and the humanity of the thing. In so doing he redefined film documentary. The Civil War is the best use to which television has been put.


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