The Civil War

The Civil War

DVD - 2011
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Ken Burns' Emmy Award-winning documentary brings to life America's most destructive and defining conflict. The Civil War is the saga of celebrated generals and ordinary soldiers, a heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, Calif. : distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, c2011
ISBN: 9781608834020
Branch Call Number: DVD 973.7 CIV
Characteristics: 6 videodiscs (660 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (15 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 19 cm)


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Aug 08, 2020

would love to see this mandatory in high school history classes

Jun 28, 2018

Staggering! Both in the disruption and devastation that this fight for and against cessation, as well as the ironic unification of the country. Not being a Southerner, one gains appreciation for their point of view as well as the deep rancor left to this day. A superb documentary.

Feb 15, 2018

Movie Love 47, the KCLS patron reviewer just below this review, has it right on the money. "The Civil War" is Ken Burns best documentary which is quite a statement. Ken Burns has an outstanding library of films he made that are all very commendable. "The Civil War" documentary was the first film series to give me a complete understanding of the war. Now I realize that some historians will quibble about this or that, but I trust Ken Burns to do exhaustive research on all his films. In fact, he uses some of the most noted authors on the Civil War in the film. In the credits, you can see a long list of university libraries and historians used to provide the narrative to the film. I can't give "The Civil War" anything more than my humble thanks to Ken Burns for his outstanding work, which we must remember, was first shown on Public Television!

Jul 19, 2017

Probably the best of Ken Burn's documentaries. Some of the voices associated with the readings and stories are fantastic: the author Shelby Foote's languorous drawl presents an audio pleasure in itself.
Quality modern photography is used to bridge between current day scenes and the period photography of Mathew Brady and his contemporaries.
Writing and music round out this worthwhile documentary.

Jun 13, 2014

Ken Burn's documentary The Civil War is by far the best film I have seen on that period of American History. More men died in the Civil War than any war since. Ken Burns has famous actors do the voices for President Lincoln, General Grant, and General Lee. This is a multi disc presentation so have some time to see it all. It is quite moving as we see the hardship of the soldiers and their determination to fight. Five Stars and my thanks to Ken Burns for making such important documentaries.

aaa5756 Feb 23, 2014

PBS has done it again very well done documentary series. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

Nov 22, 2012

Ken Burns' masterpiece on the Civil War continues to enlighten. He examines the root causes of the war that made America from both sides, enlisting various historians and writers along the way for commentary. Using a wealth of photography, art, location shooting, and the primary source material of letters, journal entries, and various statements of the time, Burns and his production crew weave a masterful tale of the war, explaining the critical events and background issues, from the point of view of commanders, soldiers in the field, and civilian populations. An outstanding selection of actors give voice to the words of the past, and everything is blended together perfectly. Essential viewing for anyone remotely interested in the Civil War.

May 24, 2011

An interesting documentary series on the American Civil War. It starts with the causes of the ACW - the argument of States vs Federal rights, and the issue at the heart of it all - slavery. It is fair to both sides - those who served in the Condederacy sincerely believed that they were on the side of Right, as did those in the Union. The North had more resources and more people, and was more industralized; the South had the more talented generals. A smal thing, you might think. But the South kept the North on the hop for almost four years.

Quite a bit of attention was given to the Black soldiers, merely of them ex-slaves who fought for the Union, and their courage - not just against the South, but against bigotry in the North.

I would have liked to have seen more about the aftermath of the ACW, especially Reconstruction, although the rise of the KKK was covered.

Aside from that, very good

Mar 16, 2010

Right from the beginning you understand one thing about this war - it is about people. The people who died, the ones who lived and the ones who were freed. As a descendant of one of the soldiers, the montage of voices and music help to bring this period of strife back to life.


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aaa5756 Feb 23, 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

aaa5756 Feb 23, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill


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