The Civil War
1990
This documentary masterpiece from Ken Burns depicts the strategies and action of famous Civil War battles, and relates the stories of generals, field soldiers, politicians, heroes and a beleaguered president. The Emmy-winning miniseries begins by looking at the factors that led to the firing on Fort Sumter, and covers specific notable battles, climaxing with Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender and Pres. Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Ken Burns's exhaustive 11-hour summation of the what, how, and why of the war is as riveting now as it was upon its release, providing context for today's angry partisanship. It is revelatory, heartbreaking, and encouraging in equal and great measure.

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