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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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Ric Burns
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
James Cromwell
Keith David
Josh Hamilton
Gene Jones
Robert Sean Leonard
Amy Madigan
Elizabeth Marvel
Aleksa Palladino
Oliver Platt ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Stark Sands
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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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TV-14
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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2012 (USA) See more »

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WGBH See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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An Interesting Adjunct to Burns' "Civil War"
17 October 2013 | by antimatter33See all my reviews

Burns does his usual fine job of bringing to life still pictures by shrewd editing and camera motion combined with sound effects. The material is interesting as well. The only downside is the narration, read in a mechanical and dull way by a person without much of a speaking voice. Good narration is often the deciding factor in these documentaries. Burns has been very good in the past at picking his narrators. He fails badly here. Nevertheless, a good effort and well worth seeing. Of particular interest is the reading of letters from soldiers, which is both revealing of contemporary attitudes as calamity engulfed them, as well as impressive in demonstrating the advanced language skills often possessed even by the formally uneducated.

-drl


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