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Ken Burns: The Civil War

Between 1861 and 1865, Americans made war on each other and killed each other in great numbers if only to become the kind of country that could no longer conceive of how that was possible. What began as a bitter dispute over Union and States' Rights, ended as a struggle over the meaning of freedom in America.

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To reach a whole new audience with the story of America's greatest crisis, and to offer...
Ken Burns, Ric Burns, Buddy Squires, and Allen Moore discuss the making of The Civil War.


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A nine-part series that explores the most important conflict in our nation's history.