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The Civil War [electronic resource]

This program offers a portrait of the United States in 1860 and describes the events of the Civil War: secession and the election of Jefferson Davis; the attack on Ft. Sumter; the initial enthusiasm for a heroic, romantic war; the first two years of war, with most of the fighting taking place between Washington and Richmond; the modern aspects of the war-the use of trains, the telegraph, the camera, automatic arms, iron-clad ships and mines; the Emancipation Proclamation; and a detailed analysis of the Battle of Gettysburg-the turning point of the war which would rage on for two more years.
Online
1990
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Guns of the Civil War [electronic resource]

During America's Civil War, there came the evolution of pistols and rifles and artillery that would forever change the way in which humankind would fight its wars. Within the names that would forever establish themselves in the annals of weaponry - Colt, Winchester, Smith & Wesson - lies a different story of the Civil War. Volume 1 A Greater Moral Force The stories of the weapons used in the Civil War are as colorful as the men who used them. From the fields and farms, from the factories and ships, came the men who would forge the bloodiest of conflicts, the war that would tear a nation apart. Volume 2 Measure for Measure As the great battles took shape and the legendary figures of Lee, Custer, Stonewall Jackson, John Mosby, and so many others wrote their pages of history, both the [...]
Online
1993
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A Bus for Martin Luther King

Early 20th century in the U.S. South. Segregation against the black community is rife. The Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow laws—all this finds form in daily life via ethnic separation in public places, schools, public transport, public drinking fountains, and on and on. In buses, for example, seats at the front are reserved for whites. Rosa Parks, a seamstress, lives in the city of Montgomery, Alabama, and has suffered from this social context ever since childhood. On December 1, 1955, she refuses to obey the driver of the bus she is on and give up her seat to a white passenger as laid down by the law. Arrested and jailed, she becomes the symbol of the Afro-American cause, and a young pastor, Martin Luther King, seizes on the event and starts a boycott of the city’s buses. Demonstrations, spe [...]
Online
2017; 2016
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The Battle of Atlanta

William Tecumseh Sherman leads the Union Army toward Atlanta. The army fights with Confederate soldiers while cutting off the railroad lines into the city. With a change of commander, multiple missteps, and great losses the Confederate Army fails to defend the city.
Online
2017; 2005
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The Battle of Shiloh

While Ulysses S. Grant was marching the Union army to take Corinth, Mississippi, the Confederate army took them by surprise. The battle lasted for two days and ended with the Confederate troops returning to Corinth. Though the North was credit with a victory, the true winner is still debated.
Online
2017; 2005
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Battle Cry

Southern and northern goals were very different during the Civil War. Review the main features of the war, from the role of the American West to the principle generals from each side. Learn about the battle at Antietam and the Emancipation Proclamation.
Online
2015; 2004
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American Experience: Ulysses S. Grant

Following a rich childhood on the American frontier, Ulysses S. Grant went on to be the leader not only of the Union Army, but of the United States itself. Learn more with this biography from American Experience.
Online
2018; 2002
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House Divided

The election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 spawned the secession of seven southern states. Trace the early events and issues of the Civil War, including the attack on Fort Sumter, the mobilization of troops, and the influence of border states.
Online
2015; 2004
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The Battle of Petersburg

Ulysses S. Grant was pushing the Union army further south. They become entrenched with Robert E. Lee’s Confederate forces outside of Petersburg, Virginia. A siege carried on for months, while Union forces destroyed Confederate supply routes.
Online
2017; 2005
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Ronald C. White, Jr.: Lincoln's Greatest Speech (4/22/02)

In his book, Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural, historian Ronald White revealshow Americans, including Frederick Douglas and John Wilkes Booth,responded to the 16th president'sdeclarations on March 4, 1865 and Lincoln's intentions. In this interview, Whitequotes from the book, explains why he believes the speech was Lincoln's greatest, discusses his use of the text, and more.
Online
2017; 2002
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The Battle of Manassas

Shortly after President Abraham Lincoln declared war on the states that had seceded, Union soldiers headed for the Confederate Army's position near Manassas, Virginia. Both sides thought the war would end swiftly after a short battle.
Online
2017; 2005
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The Battle of Gettysburg

The Union and Confederate armies met in Gettysburg and fought for three days. General Robert E. Lee ordered the army to withdraw after more than 55,000 were killed.
Online
2017; 2005
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Bill Moyers Journal: The Legacy and Legend of Lincoln / Political Journalism in the Age of Obama

To commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial birthday, Bill Moyers sits down with Eric Foner, author of Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World, in this edition of the Journal to discuss the evolution of Lincoln’s image from politician to icon. In addition, Moyers explores the question of how well journalism has responded to the task of getting to the truth and informing the public in an increasingly political media environment with PressThink blogger Jay Rosen and Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald. The program concludes with an essay on the need to channel the renowned empathy of Lincoln into political will that helps ordinary people caught in the undertow of America’s economic meltdown. Broadcast date: February 6, 2009. (57 minutes)
Online
2016; 2009
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The Battle of Cedar Mountain

The Union army attacked Confederate forces led by Stonewall Jackson near Cedar Mountain. The Confederate’s counterattack was successful and broke the Union’s line of defense.
Online
2017; 2005
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The Battle of Vicksburg

After leading campaigns near the Mississippi River, Ulysses S. Grant turned to Vicksburg. The Confederate army retreated into the city and held the Union back for months. The city was eventually surrendered to the Union, giving them full control of the Mississippi River.
Online
2017; 2005
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Bloodbath

The Civil War tore the nation apart, pitting North against South and brother against brother. Over the course of four years, more than 750,000 military and civilian lives were sacrificed to make the United States a more perfect union, where the human rights of every person are guaranteed. Blood and Glory: the Civil War in Color brings this historical event to life in a two-part documentary special. With unprecedented access to government and private archives and using state-of-the-art technology, over 500 rare black and white photographs were painstakingly colorized to illustrate the story of the Civil War in breathtaking detail. Bloodbath provides an overview of life for soldiers on both sides, major battles, the war’s end, and the Reconstruction Era.
Online
2017; 2015
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The Battle of Franklin

Confederate commander John Hood attempted to stop the Union’s destruction of the South with Sherman’s March to the Sea. Hood’s troops pursued Union forces throughout Tennessee before suffering huge losses at the Battle of Franklin.
Online
2017; 2005
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The Battle of Spotsylvania

Shortly after being appointed the leader of the Union army, Ulysses S. Grant marched his men south. They would meet Robert E. Lee’s men near Spotsylvania Court House. The two armies fought in close quarters and thousands were killed or captured. Grant was credited with the victory after Lee moved the Confederate line back.
Online
2017; 2005
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The Battle of Chancellorsville

With Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson’s superior tactical skills, the Confederates managed to defeat the large Union force at Chancellorsville. Jackson was shot by friendly fire during the battle and died a few days later.
Online
2017; 2005
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The March to War

The Civil War tore the nation apart, pitting North against South and brother against brother. Over the course of four years, more than 750,000 military and civilian lives were sacrificed to make the United States a more perfect union, where the human rights of every person are guaranteed. Blood and Glory: the Civil War in Color brings this important historical event to life in a two-part documentary special as never seen before. With unprecedented access to government and private archives and using state-of-the-art technology, over 500 rare black and white photographs were painstakingly colorized to illustrate the story of the Civil War in breathtaking detail. March to War examines tensions over slavery and states’ rights that led to war, early battles, and advances in military techn [...]
Online
2017; 2015