The Civil War. Episode 1, 1861--the cause

United States, 1989

TV show
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Episode number 1 of Series “The Civil War”.
In this introductory episode the background of the war is dramatically evoked and the commanders and ordinary soldiers march on stage - along with the diarists and letter writers who will put it in perspective. In 1861 the nation witnesses the inauguration of two rival presidents and the first shots are fired at Fort Sumter and Bull Run. Subtitled “At the crossroads of our being”, this episode is summed up in the words of Mary Boykin Chesnut of Charleston, “We are divorced now, North from South, because we hated each other so”.

Credits

director

Ken Burns

co-producer

Ric Burns

Ken Burns

production company

WETA-TV

Florentine Films

Language

English

Duration

01:40:00:00

Colour

Black and White and Colour

ACMI Identifier

37738

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

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

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

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

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

History → African Americans - History

History → History

History → Slavery

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

Television

Television → Television programs

Television → Television programs → Television programs - United States

Television → Television series

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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