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Civil War—America: The Story of Us (60:00)The War Between the States rages. In 1863, the Confederate Army seems poised for victory. Following the bloody battle of Antietam, President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation. Former slaves join the Union army in droves. With superior transportation (railroads), communication (telegraph lines), and battlefield technology, the Union prevails and America is on track to become a global superpower.
The Presidents: 1865-1885 (45:00)This program illustrates the monumental task of reconstructing the nation after four years of civil war and a presidential assassination. Defining aspects of the period include the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, the triumphant ascendancy of Ulysses S. Grant, the backroom politics of Rutherford B. Hayes, the unfulfilled aspirations of James Garfield, and the civil service reforms of Chester A. Arthur. A&E.
Series: The Civil War: A Film by Ken BurnsHailed as a landmark in historical storytelling, Ken Burns’ classic Emmy Award–winning nine-part series The Civil War brings to life America’s most destructive—and defining—conflict. Narrated by historian David McCullough, here is the saga of celebrated generals and ordinary soldiers, a heroic and transcendent president, and a nation in arms against itself. “Heartbreaking and lyrical, vivid in sight, sound, and music, its focus is intensely human against the sweep of history,” says USA Today. PBS. 9-part series, 62-100 minutes each.
Across the Plains (28:07)This program follows the first leg of the journey along the Trail, from Independence, Missouri, to Fort Laramie, in what is now Wyoming. In addition to explaining landmarks along this route, the program covers the problems of camping in the wilderness, the perils of accidents, and encounters with Native American tribespeople.
Series: The West: A Film by Stephen IvesThe series portrays the impact the onrushing white settlers, adventurers, and exploiters had on Native Americans and the land. Packed with vivid imagery and personalities, The West reveals the triumph and tragedy of America's drive to become a continental nation. Presented and executive produced by Ken Burns. PBS. 9-part series, 59–86 minutes each.
Series: The West of the ImaginationThe sweeping story of the American West as seen through the eyes of its mythmakers and mythologizers. Written by William H. Goetzmann, winner of a Pulitzer Prize in American History. Hosted and narrated by James Whitmore. 6-part series, 57 minutes each.
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