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Tagline:
It divided a country. It created a nation.
Plot:
A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War. Full summary »
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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(240 articles)
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The best use to which television has been put See more (72 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [45])

Sam Waterston ... President Abraham Lincoln (9 episodes, 1990)

Julie Harris ... Mary Chestnut (9 episodes, 1990)

Jason Robards ... Ulysses S. Grant (9 episodes, 1990)

Morgan Freeman ... Frederick Douglass / ... (9 episodes, 1990)
Paul Roebling ... Joshua L. Chamberlain / ... (9 episodes, 1990)

Garrison Keillor ... Walt Whitman / ... (9 episodes, 1990)
George Black ... Robert E. Lee (9 episodes, 1990)
David McCullough ... Himself - Narrator (9 episodes, 1990)

Arthur Miller ... William Tecumseh Sherman / ... (9 episodes, 1990)

Christopher Murney ... Pvt. Elijah Hunt Rhodes (9 episodes, 1990)
Charles McDowell ... Pvt. Sam Watkins (9 episodes, 1990)
Horton Foote ... Jefferson Davis (9 episodes, 1990)

George Plimpton ... George Templeton Strong / ... (9 episodes, 1990)

Philip Bosco ... Horace Greeley / ... (9 episodes, 1990)
Terry Courier ... George McClellan (9 episodes, 1990)
Jody Powell ... Stonewall Jackson / ... (9 episodes, 1990)

Studs Terkel ... Benjamin F. Butler (9 episodes, 1990)

Jeremy Irons ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

Derek Jacobi ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

Gene Jones ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Jerome Dempsey ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

Laurence Fishburne ... 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 ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

Pamela Reed ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Ronnie Gilbert ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

M. Emmet Walsh ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

Hoyt Axton ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
John Hartford ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Walt MacPherson ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

Colleen Dewhurst ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Various / ... (9 episodes, 1990)
Bradford Washburn ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Jesse Carr ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Wendy Tilghman ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Joe Mattys ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

Shelby Foote ... 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)

Series Directed by
Ken Burns (9 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Writing credits
Ken Burns (9 episodes, 1990)
Ric Burns (9 episodes, 1990)
Geoffrey C. Ward (9 episodes, 1990)

Series Produced by
Ken Burns .... executive producer (9 episodes, 1990)
Ric Burns .... co-producer (8 episodes, 1990)
Jim Corbley .... producer (8 episodes, 1990)
Christopher Darling .... producer (8 episodes, 1990)
Julie Dunfey .... co-producer (8 episodes, 1990)
Catherine Eisele-Yang .... coordinating producer (8 episodes, 1990)
Mike Hill .... co-producer (8 episodes, 1990)
Stephen Ives .... co-producer (8 episodes, 1990)
Lynn Novick .... associate producer (8 episodes, 1990)
Sara O'Brien .... associate producer (8 episodes, 1990)
Justin Rhodes .... producer (8 episodes, 1990)
Camilla Rockwell .... associate producer (8 episodes, 1990)
Susanna Steisel .... associate producer (8 episodes, 1990)
Daniel J. White .... producer (8 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Original Music by
Jay Ungar (9 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ken Burns (9 episodes, 1990)
Allen Moore (9 episodes, 1990)
Buddy Squires (9 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Film Editing by
Paul Barnes (9 episodes, 1990)
Tricia Reidy (9 episodes, 1990)
Bruce Shaw (9 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Sound Department
Paul Barnes .... sound editor (9 episodes, 1990)
Ed Barteski .... sound editor (9 episodes, 1990)
Marjorie Deutsch .... sound editor (9 episodes, 1990)
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer (9 episodes, 1990)
Vida Fitzgerald .... sound editor (9 episodes, 1990)
Joan Franklin .... assistant sound editor (9 episodes, 1990)
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound editor (9 episodes, 1990)
Alex Griswold .... sound recordist (9 episodes, 1990)
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... sound editor (9 episodes, 1990)
Sean Huff .... re-recording mixer (9 episodes, 1990)
Zack Krieger .... sound recordist (9 episodes, 1990)
Joshua Levin .... assistant sound editor (9 episodes, 1990)
Charles Meyer .... sound recordist (9 episodes, 1990)
Tom Nelson .... sound recordist (9 episodes, 1990)
Lisa Schechter .... assistant sound editor (9 episodes, 1990)
Bruce Shaw .... sound editor (9 episodes, 1990)
Ira Spiegel .... sound editor (9 episodes, 1990)
Frank Stettner .... sound recordist (9 episodes, 1990)
Dennis Towns .... sound recordist (8 episodes, 1990)
Lou Verrico .... voice over recording (8 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Burgess .... still photographer (9 episodes, 1990)
Amy Stechler Burns .... assistant camera (9 episodes, 1990)
Ed Joyce .... animation stand photography (9 episodes, 1990)
Bruce Kern .... assistant camera (9 episodes, 1990)
Stephen Petegorsky .... still photographer (9 episodes, 1990)
Carlos Sanchez .... animation stand photography (9 episodes, 1990)
Ed Searles .... animation stand photography (9 episodes, 1990)
Jeff Victor .... assistant camera (9 episodes, 1990)
Foster Wylie .... additional cinematographer (9 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Animation Department
Ed Joyce .... animator (9 episodes, 1990)
Carlos Sanchez .... animator (9 episodes, 1990)
Ed Searles .... animator (9 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Editorial Department
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (9 episodes, 1990)
Joshua Levin .... apprentice editor (9 episodes, 1990)
Patrick McGuinn .... editing intern (9 episodes, 1990)
David McQuiling .... editing intern (9 episodes, 1990)
Eric Mortenson .... editing intern (9 episodes, 1990)
Robert Mowen .... editing intern (9 episodes, 1990)
David Nelson .... editing intern (9 episodes, 1990)
Myra Paci .... editing intern (9 episodes, 1990)
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter (9 episodes, 1990)
Dave Pultz .... color timer (9 episodes, 1990)
Meredith Woods .... editing intern / assistant editor (9 episodes, 1990)
Phoebe Yantsios .... editing intern / assistant editor (9 episodes, 1990)
Michael Balabuch .... editing intern (8 episodes, 1990)
Jonathan Baron .... editing intern (8 episodes, 1990)
Ed Barteski .... apprentice editor / assistant editor (8 episodes, 1990)
Robert Blumenfield .... editing intern (8 episodes, 1990)
Jennifer Brown .... editing intern (8 episodes, 1990)
David Cantor .... editing intern (8 episodes, 1990)
Christine Coscioni .... editing intern (8 episodes, 1990)
Vida Fitzgerald .... editing intern (8 episodes, 1990)
Michael Foxworth .... editing intern (8 episodes, 1990)
Elisa Haber .... editing intern (8 episodes, 1990)
Linda Kong .... editing intern (8 episodes, 1990)
Lynn Novick .... post-production coordinator / editing intern (8 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Music Department
Ken Burns .... musical director / music direction (9 episodes, 1990)
John Colby .... music producer / music direction (9 episodes, 1990)
Molly Mason .... musician: guitar (9 episodes, 1990)
Jacqueline Schwab .... musician: piano (9 episodes, 1990)
Jay Ungar .... fiddle / musician: fiddle / ... (9 episodes, 1990)
Peter Amidon .... musician: banjo (8 episodes, 1990)
Russ Barenberg .... musician: harmonica (8 episodes, 1990)
Don Brooks .... musician: guitar (8 episodes, 1990)
Jesse Carr .... musician: guitar (8 episodes, 1990)
Peter Ecklund .... musician: coronet (8 episodes, 1990)
Matt Glaser .... musician: fiddle (8 episodes, 1990)
Peggy James .... musician: violin (8 episodes, 1990)
Yonatan Malin .... musician: flute (8 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Other crew
Daniel Aaron .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Randall Balsmeyer .... map animation (9 episodes, 1990)
Ira Berlin .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Bree Camber .... chief financial officer (9 episodes, 1990)
Joe DePlasco .... public relations (9 episodes, 1990)
Dayton Duncan .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Don Fehrenbacher .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Barbara Fields .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Eric Foner .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Shelby Foote .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Charles Fuller .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Anne Harrington .... vice president (9 episodes, 1990)
Robert Johannsen .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Elaine Laughlin .... other crew (9 episodes, 1990)
William Leuchtenburg .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Tom Lewis .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Jerome Liebling .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
James Madden .... title designer (9 episodes, 1990)
David McCullough .... creative consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Charles McDowell .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
William S. McFeely .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
James M. McPherson .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Brian Moriarty .... public relations (9 episodes, 1990)
Mike Musick .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Stephen B. Oates .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Drew Patrick .... legal services / legal (9 episodes, 1990)
Sharon Rockefeller .... other crew (9 episodes, 1990)
Stephen Sears .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Gene Smith .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Richard Snow .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Amy Stechler .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
David S. Thompson .... project director (9 episodes, 1990)
Robert Penn Warren .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Bernard Weisberger .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Don Wershba .... engineer (9 episodes, 1990)
Kathryn Wilson .... interactive media (9 episodes, 1990)
C. Vann Woodward .... consultant (9 episodes, 1990)
Charles Dewey .... other crew / post production pa (8 episodes, 1990)
Lovel Richardson .... research assistant (8 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Thanks
Paul Barnes .... special thanks (1 episode, 1990)
 

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Trivia:
The soundtrack used as General Sherman's theme is Marching Through Georgia, which is appropriate as this iconic song was written in 1865 as apologist propaganda for his Georgian campaign of the previous year. It was written by Henry Clay Work who also wrote the song "Kingdom Come" used as General Grant's theme.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Contrary to this documentary (and many historians) Winfield Scott never recommended Robet E. Lee for anything more than a "significant command" nor did Lincoln offer Lee command of the Union Army.

An advisor to the President, Francis P. Blair, DID offer Lee command of the Defenses of Washington, via letter, but there are NO records that Lee. An Lincoln ever met in person.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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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The best use to which television has been put, 28 September 2002
Author: s@tori from New York

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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