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The Birth of a Nation
A profoundly influential and controversial film, this is the epic story of two families, one northern and one southern, during and after the Civil War. D. W. Griffith's masterful direction combines brilliant battle scenes and tender romance with a vicious…
The Cause - 1861
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
Beginning with a searing indictment of slavery, this first episode dramatically evokes the causes of the war, from the Cotton Kingdom of the South to the northern abolitionists who opposed it. Here are the burning questions of Union and States'…
The Better Angels of Our Nature - 1865
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
This extraordinary final episode of The Civil War begins in the bittersweet aftermath of Lee's surrender and then goes on to narrate the horrendous events of five days later when, on April 14, Lincoln is assassinated. After chronicling Lincoln's poignant…
Faubourg Treme - The Untold Story of Black New Orleans
Delve deep into the boldest civil rights movement you've never heard of in this riveting, award-winning film. Faubourg Treme is arguably the oldest black neighborhood in America, the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement in the South and the home…
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A Very Bloody Affair - 1862
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
1862 saw the birth of modern warfare and the transformation of Lincoln's war to preserve the Union into a war to emancipate the slaves. Episode Two begins with the political infighting that threatened to swamp Lincoln's administration and then follows…
Forever Free - 1862
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
This episode charts the dramatic events that led to Lincoln's decision to set the slaves free. Convinced by July 1862 that emancipation was now morally and militarily crucial to the future of the Union, Lincoln must wait for a victory…
The Universe of Battle - 1863
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
This episode opens with a dramatic account of the turning point of war: the Battle of Gettysburg, the greatest ever fought in the Western Hemisphere. For three days 150,000 men will fight to the death in the Pennsylvania countryside, culminating…
Simply Murder - 1863
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
The nightmarish Union disaster at Fredericksburg comes to two climaxes that spring: at Chancellorsville in May, where Lee wins his most brilliant victory but loses Stonewall Jackson; and at Vicksburg, where Grant's attempts to take the city by siege are…
War is All Hell - 1865
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
The episode begins with William Tecumseh Sherman's brilliant march to the sea, which brings the war to the heart of Georgia and the Carolinas and spells the end of the Confederacy. In March, following Lincoln's second inauguration, first Petersburg and…
Valley of the Shadow of Death - 1864
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
Episode six begins with a biographical comparison of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee and then chronicles the extraordinary series of battles that pitted the two generals against each other from the wilderness to Petersburg in Virginia. In 30…
Most Hallowed Ground - 1864
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
The episode begins with the presidential election of 1864 that sets Abraham Lincoln against his old commanding general, George McClellan. The stakes are nothing less than the survival of the Union itself: with Grant and Sherman stalled at Petersburg and…
Rebel - Loreta Velazquez - Secret Soldier of the American Civil War
PBS
In 1861, at the outbreak of the American Civil War, a teenager from New Orleans headed to the front lines. Under the alias Harry T. Buford, he fought at First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a…
The History of the United States - 1850 through Present Day
Part of the Series: A Nation Of Immigrants
This program illustrates the stresses and strains of a maturing but divided society through the Civil War, Reconstruction, universal suffrage, the struggle for civil rights, to the growth of a truly multiracial and multiethnic society. President Lincoln--Assassinated! See how the…
The Ultimate Civil War Series
Between 1861 and 1865, this epic American story of struggle and survival was written in blood, and in this series is told mostly from first-hand accounts and in the spoken words of the participants themselves, through their diaries, letters, and…
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Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
When The Civil War , originally premiered in September 1990, the response was phenomenal and the series became a national viewing event. The film interweaves thousands of photographs and paintings with the words of those who lived through the war…
9 videos