The Civil War

The Civil War: Episode One (1861)

Episode 1 | 1h 40m 58s

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' rights, John Brown at Harpers Ferry, the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, the firing on Fort Sumter, and the jubilant rush to arms on both sides.

Aired: 09/07/15

Expired: 09/22/15

Rating: TV-PG

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