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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Traitors and Patriots

13:01

Accounts from Grant, Lee, Sherman, and others are presented.


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Battle of Cold Harbor

04:37

At Cold Harbor, Virginia, 7,000 Americans fell in 20 minutes.

Lincoln's Troubled Re-Election

04:46

Long after Lincoln was nominated, politicians in his own party still hoped to reconvene.

The 13th Amendment

03:24

The 13th Amendment formally abolished slavery.

Restoring THE CIVIL WAR

13:57

Learn how THE CIVIL WAR series has been completely restored to Ultra HD – 4K resolution.

Making THE CIVIL WAR: 25 Years Later

28:19

Ken Burns, Ric Burns, Buddy Squires, and Allen Moore discuss the making of THE CIVIL WAR.

In the Classroom with THE CIVIL WAR

04:45

Educator Eden McCauslin explains how she uses THE CIVIL WAR series with her students.