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The Civil War 

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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.
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1990  
Top Rated TV #33 | Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 11 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
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 Paul Roebling ...  Joshua L. Chamberlain / ... 9 episodes, 1990
Garrison Keillor ...  Walt Whitman / ... 9 episodes, 1990
George Black George Black ...  Robert E. Lee 9 episodes, 1990
David McCullough ...  Self - Narrator 9 episodes, 1990
Arthur Miller ...  William Tecumseh Sherman / ... 9 episodes, 1990
Christopher Murney ...  Pvt. Elijah Hunt Rhodes 9 episodes, 1990
Charles McDowell 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 Terry Courier ...  George McClellan 9 episodes, 1990
Jody Powell 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 Betsy Apple ...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
Carol Craven Carol Craven ...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
Marissa Copeland Marissa Copeland ...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
Halo Wines Halo Wines ...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
David Marks David Marks ...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
Pamela Reed ...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
Ronnie Gilbert 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 Walt MacPherson ...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
Colleen Dewhurst ...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ...  Various / ... 9 episodes, 1990
Bradford Washburn Bradford Washburn ...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
Jesse Carr Jesse Carr ...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
Wendy Tilghman Wendy Tilghman ...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
Joe Mattys Joe Mattys ...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
Shelby Foote ...  Self - Writer / ... 8 episodes, 1990
Ed Bearss Ed Bearss ...  Self - Historian 6 episodes, 1990
Barbara Fields Barbara Fields ...  Self - Historian 5 episodes, 1990
James Symington James Symington ...  Self - Former Congressman 4 episodes, 1990
Stephen B. Oates Stephen B. Oates ...  Self - 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 and letters. 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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Trivia

Sam Waterston, who voiced President Abraham Lincoln, also portrayed him in Lincoln (1988). See more »

Goofs

Many of the establishing shots reveal condensation trails, caused by aircraft, in the sky. See more »

Quotes

[Reacting to the Confederate Government's move to have African American Slaves serve as soldiers in the Army]
Senator Howell Cobb: You cannot make soldiers of slaves, or slaves of soldiers. The day you make a soldier of them is the beginning of the end of the Revolution. And if slaves seem good soldiers, then our whole theory of slavery is wrong.
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Connections

Spoofed in Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2002) See more »

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Marching Through Georgia
Written by Henry Clay Work
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Wow!
11 June 2006 | by jerrythecowSee all my reviews

I'm 13, and I learned more about the Civil War in these videos than I have in my entire life! It might just be that my teachers don't teach it well, but I think it's something else! When I first started watching them with my parents, I was doubtful of their quality. How is a guy going to make a documentary about a time when there were only still photographs? I thought it wasn't possible to keep the audience interested, especially in a 12.5 hour long documentary. Well, I was wrong.

Ken Burns is actually an amazing film maker. He not only gave information in his documentary, he told a story. And not just any story, he told the story of one of the worst wars in the history of the world. By using still photographs mixed with voice overs and quotes, he brought the world of the Civil War to life.

A great documentary!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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