Acclaimed documentary by Ken Burns about the American Civil War. Most watched program ever to air on PBS, to this day remaining one of the most popular shows broadcast by PBS. This documentary is 11 hours in length, consists of nine episodes and makes extensive use of more than 16,000 archival photographs, paintings, and newspaper images from the time of the war. Narration by David McCullough.
Last Episode01x09 Episode Nine: The Better Angels of… Aired: Sep. 27, 1990
This extraordinary final episode of The Civil War begins in the bittersweet aftermath of Lee’s surrender and then goes on to narrate the horrendous …
Series Fun Facts
- The soundtrack used as General Grant's theme is Kingdom Come (sometimes called Year of Jubilo), a minstrel show song written in 1862 by Henry Clay Work (see also trivia about Sherman's…
[show]The soundtrack used as General Grant's theme is Kingdom Come (sometimes called Year of Jubilo), a minstrel show song written in 1862 by Henry Clay Work (see also trivia about Sherman's theme). This catchy, rollicking tune has appeared in other popular movies such as Meet Me in St. Louis and several cartoon shorts by Tex Avery. However, no movie, except one which requires a strictly accurate historical context, would dare to use the original lyrics, which are quite offensive by modern standards. As an example, the first line is "Say, darkey, have you seen de massa wif de moustache on his face?" and it only goes downhill from there.
- George Plimpton (voice of George Templeton Strong) was the great-great-grandson of General Benjamin Franklin Butler voiced by Studs Terkel.
- Took six years to make - two years longer than the war itself.