The Civil War

United States, 1989

TV show
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The first full-scale documentary of the conflict that cost 620,000 lives and redefined the meaning of “freedom” in America. The story is largely told through a huge number and variety of archival photographs, with a sound track composed of a narration by David McCullough and readings by a distinguished cast from writings of the participants, interspersed with commentaries by historians and other experts, most notably with Shelby Foote and Barbara Fields. The voices include those of Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards and Morgan Freeman with Derek Jacobi, Jeremy Irons and Kurt Vonnegut.

Credits

director
co-producer

Ric Burns

Ken Burns

production company

WETA-TV

Florentine Films

Duration

01:05:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1989

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

S00994

Language

English

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → African Americans - Civil rights

History → African Americans - History

History → Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

History → Slavery

History → United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865

People → Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Television

Television → Television series

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

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