The Civil War
"... our greatest debt is to the past itself, to those people who recorded their own moment in history with their own pictures and in their own words. It is their story we tell. And it is their story we try to honor by remembering it as accurately – and as vividly – as possible."— Ken Burns
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.
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