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Death and the Civil War 

Based on the best-selling book by Drew Gilpin Faust, this film will explore how the American Civil War created a "republic of suffering" and will chart the far-reaching social, political, ... See full summary »

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Based on the best-selling book by Drew Gilpin Faust, this film will explore how the American Civil War created a "republic of suffering" and will chart the far-reaching social, political, and social changes brought about by the pervasive presence and fear of death during the Civil War. Written by Anonymous

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Incredibly powerful and insightful
1 May 2014 | by (Fair Oaks, California) – See all my reviews

This documentary shows an aspect of the Civil War that is often not talked about. This is a very powerful, insightful reflection on the carnage and destruction brought on by the most devastating four years in the history of our country. Oliver Platt is superb as a narrator; his cadence and tone reflect the solemnity of the topic. The authentic letters and first-hand accounts reflect a nation mortally wounded by war. The film explains how a new industry, burying the dead on a massive scale, was born as a result of the war, and how woefully unprepared the nation was to address this issue. It also explains how Memorial day was first established as a way to honor the soldiers. It is impossible to watch this documentary and come away unmoved.


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