The Civil War. Episode 9, 1865--the better angels of our nature

United States, 1989

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Episode number 9 of Series “The Civil War”.
At Lee’s surrender, church bells peal throughout the North. The South is in ruin and despair. Unable to accept that the war is over, the actor John Wilkes Booth steals into a Washington theatre and puts a bullet into the brain of Abraham Lincoln. The nation’s grief knows no bounds; even Southerners are appalled, and the isolated fighting stutters to a halt. It is time to rebuild: “to listen”, as Lincoln implored four years before, “to the better angels of our nature”. The episode recounts the fates of the many players, great and small in the enormous drama which redefined the meaning of freedom in America.

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

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

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → War


Documentary → Documentary films - United States

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

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History → Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

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

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