The Civil War

Recently, I have been reading about and listening to lectures on the US Civil War. So I decided to watch the Ken Burns documentary about the Civil War. I have watched it off and on and in bits and pieces on TV before, but this time I was serious and borrowed the 5-DVD set from the library.

It’s a total of 11 hours. So it took me almost two weeks to watch it but it was worth it. The documentary makes the events of the Civil War alive in a way only a visual medium can.

I rate it 10/10 and recommend it to everyone interested in the United States or history.

By Zack

Dad, gadget guy, bookworm, political animal, global nomad, cyclist, hiker, tennis player, photographer


  1. One of the best documentaries ever produced was Ken Burns’s Civil War. I’ve watched the series all the way through several times. Many people think the war was a fight to abolish slavery but that was only the indirect result of it. The real fight was over state’s rights and the basis for that struggle stemmed from southern states wanting to continue slavery. The ironic thing is that the founders of the United States could have stopped it after the Revolution but instead chose to procrastinate.

  2. In the minds of the Confederates who seceded, it was about slavery as is apparent from reading what the Confederate leaders wrote at the time.

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