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Sep. 23, 1990
75 min.
PBS TV Network

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The Civil War

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.

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01x09 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 …

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The show had 1 season and 9 episodes air in 1990.

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  • 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.
  • The piano music used to soundtrack certain of Abraham Lincoln's and Jefferson Davis' scenes, as well as a few other characters, is "God Save the South".
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