This highly acclaimed mini-series traces the course of the U.S. Civil War from the abolitionist movement through all the major battles to the death of President Lincoln and the beginnings of Reconstruction. The story is mostly told in the words of the participants themselves, through their diaries and letters. Visuals are usually still photographs and illustrations of the time, and the soundtrack is likewise made up of war-era tunes played on period instruments. Several modern-day historians offer periodic comment and insight on the war's causes and events.
Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>
It divided a country. It created a nation.
Did You Know?
The song used as General Grant's theme is Kingdom Come (a.k.a. Year of Jubilo), a minstrel show song written in 1862 by Henry Clay Work
. It has appeared in other movies, including Meet Me in St. Louis
(1944) and several cartoon shorts by Tex Avery
. The original lyrics are very offensive by modern standards; the first line is "Say, darkey, have you seen de massa wif de moustache on his face?" See more
Contrary to this documentary (and many historians) Winfield Scott never recommended Robet E. Lee for anything more than a "significant command" nor did Lincoln offer Lee command of the Union Army.
An advisor to the President, Francis P. Blair, DID offer Lee command of the Defenses of Washington, via letter, but there are NO records that Lee. An Lincoln ever met in person. See more
As a nation, we began by declaring that "All men are created equal." We now practically read it, "All men are created equal, except Negroes." Soon, it will read "All men are created equal, except Negroes, and Foreigners and Catholics." When it comes to this, I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty. To Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.
Written by Jay Ungar
Performed by Fiddle Fever See more