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The Civil War. A Film by Ken Burns
Images of the Civil War
The Film, Past and Present
The War
The Filmmakers
In the Classroom
Using the Series
Classroom Activities
Civil War in Your Town

Using the Series

Dictator, a 13-inch, 8.5-ton mortarWhen 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 that shattered a union and shaped a nation: politicians, generals, common soldiers, slaves and free slaves, the famous and the forgotten, male and female.

The series has also become incredibly popular with secondary school teachers and is considered by many educators as the definitive film history of the war. This Classroom section was designed for educators who wish to use the film and Web resources to enrich their teaching of the Civil War.

The Civil War may be taped off-air and used for up to a year following broadcast, or you may choose to purchase it. You’ll find the complete broadcast schedule here.

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