The Civil War

Premiered September 1990

Between 1861 and 1865, Americans made war on each other and killed each other in great numbers — if only to become the kind of country that could no longer conceive of how that was possible. What began as a bitter dispute over Union and States' Rights, ended as a struggle over the meaning of freedom in America.

Production made possible by grants from General Motors Corporation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation

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Battle of Cold Harbor

At Cold Harbor, Virginia, 7,000 Americans fell in 20 minutes.

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Lincoln's Troubled Re-Election

Long after Lincoln was nominated, politicians in his own party still hoped to reconvene.

4:46

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The 13th Amendment

The 13th Amendment formally abolished slavery.

3:24

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Traitors and Patriots

Accounts from Grant, Lee, Sherman, and others are presented.

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Making THE CIVIL WAR: 25 Years Later

Ken Burns, Ric Burns, Buddy Squires, and Allen Moore discuss the making of THE CIVIL WAR.

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Restoring THE CIVIL WAR

Learn how THE CIVIL WAR series has been completely restored to Ultra HD – 4K resolution.

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Honorable Manhood

A week before the battle of Bull Run, Sullivan Ballou wrote a letter to his wife.

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The Civil War Series Promo

THE CIVIL WAR, the award-winning film by Ken Burns, airs from September 7-11, at 9:00pm.

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