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Encyclopedia > The Civil War

The Civil War is a highly popular and acclaimed PBS documentary about the American Civil War created by Ken Burns, and released on PBS in September 1990.

Its theme song, "Ashokan Farewell," which was written and performed for the film by Jay Ungar, has become so popular that people frequently and erroneously believe it was written and performed during the Civil War. The documentary consists of nine episodes and makes extensive use of over 16,000 archival photographs, paintings, and newspaper images from the time of the war, intermixed with contemporary cinematography, music, narration and a chorus of first person voices from famous persons such as Sam Waterston, Garrison Keillor, and Morgan Freeman,who read quotes from individuals who were alive during the period. The film has recently been remastered, and a book following the movie has also been released.

The 96th Pennsylvania marching: An image from the documentary
The 96th Pennsylvania marching: An image from the documentary

External links

  • PBS: The Civil War (http://www.pbs.org/civilwar/)

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Civil War - MSN Encarta (901 words)
American Civil War, a military conflict between the United States of America (the Union) and the Confederate States of America (the Confederacy) from 1861 to 1865.
The American Civil War is sometimes called the War Between the States, the War of Rebellion, or the War for Southern Independence.
The election of Abraham Lincoln as president was viewed by the South as a threat to slavery and ignited the war.
Civil war - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1520 words)
A civil war is a war in which parties within the same culture, society or nationality fight for political power or control of an area.
Religion is more contentious, there are some civil wars that can be seen as fueled by religion in early years, such as the Jewish Revolts against Rome, but these can also be seen as revolts by a servile people against their oppressors or uprisings by local notables in an attempt to gain independence.
Civil wars fought over religion have tended to occur more frequently in monotheistic societies than in polytheistic societies; this has been explained as being due to the fact that the latter tend to be more "flexible" in terms of dogma, to allow for some latitude in belief.
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