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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.
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Top Rated TV #17 | Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
...  President Abraham Lincoln 9 episodes, 1990
...  Mary Chestnut 9 episodes, 1990
...  Ulysses S. Grant 9 episodes, 1990
...  Frederick Douglass / ... 9 episodes, 1990
Paul Roebling ...  Joshua L. Chamberlain / ... 9 episodes, 1990
...  Walt Whitman / ... 9 episodes, 1990
George Black ...  Robert E. Lee 9 episodes, 1990
David McCullough ...  Himself - Narrator 9 episodes, 1990
...  William Tecumseh Sherman / ... 9 episodes, 1990
...  Pvt. Elijah Hunt Rhodes 9 episodes, 1990
Charles McDowell ...  Pvt. Sam Watkins 9 episodes, 1990
Horton Foote ...  Jefferson Davis 9 episodes, 1990
...  George Templeton Strong / ... 9 episodes, 1990
...  Horace Greeley / ... 9 episodes, 1990
Terry Courier ...  George McClellan 9 episodes, 1990
Jody Powell ...  Stonewall Jackson / ... 9 episodes, 1990
...  Benjamin F. Butler 9 episodes, 1990
...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
...  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
...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
Ronnie Gilbert ...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
John Hartford ...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
Walt MacPherson ...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
...  Various 9 episodes, 1990
...  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
...  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
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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 »

Goofs

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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Marching Through Georgia
Written by Henry Clay Work
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A Poignant and Vivid Look at The Civil War
28 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Not only is "The Civil War" Ken Burns' best documentary, it is one of the best out there, also. It easily mixes emotions with facts, while keeping an eye on narration.

It doesn't go for cheap "recreation" moments; in other words, we don't see a redo of the tale told with about five soldiers who look like they're dressed for Halloween; we instead see real pictures while listening to vivid narrations by such actors as Jason Robards, Laurence Fishburne, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Irons, M. Emmet Walsh, Pamela Reed, and more.

If you haven't seen this four hour epic yet, then go find it at a video store right now.


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