Ken Burns: Civil War Collection (DVD)
From PBS comes the award-winning epic series, produced and directed by Ken Burns, is a comprehensive history of the American Civil War.
The Civil War is a nine-part series that explores the most important conflict in the history of the United States.
The war was fought in 10,000 places, more than 3 million Americans fought in it, and over 600,000 men, 2 percent of the population died in it. It saw the end of slavery and the downfall of a southern planter aristocracy.
It was the watershed of a new political and economic order, and the beginning of big industry, big business, big government. It was the first modern war and, for Americans, the costliest, yielding the most American casualties and the greatest domestic suffering, spiritually and physically. It was the most horrible, necessary, intimate, acrimonious, mean-spirited, and heroic conflict the nation has ever known.
What began as a bitter dispute over Union and States' Rights ended as a struggle over the meaning of freedom in America. At Gettysburg in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said perhaps more than he knew. The war was about a new birth of freedom.
What the press said
"Ken Burns's The Civil War: America's greatest documentary" the Guardian