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The Civil War

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Ken Burns' Emmy Award-winning documentary brings to life America's most destructive and defining conflict. The Civil War is the saga of celebrated generals and ordinary soldiers, a heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one.
BookDVD
2011
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Virginia in the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance

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Nine twenty-minute segments explore the United States' Civil War, including: causes, military campaigns, soldier life, the home front, slavery, and more. Includes commentaries by nationally-recognized scholars as well as photographs, on-site filming, living history and re-enactments.
DVD
2009
Special Collections
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The Civil War

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DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Civil War Era

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Dr. Simmons' lecture explores the Civil War era in American religious history and closely looks at the separate religious traditions that African-Americans formed during this time. Considers how the religious beliefs and practices of African Americans in the 19th century were affected by slavery and religiopolitical oppression. Compares the religious practices of African Americans before and after abolition.
VHS
1994; 1993
Ivy (By Request)
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Civil War Combat

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DVD
2000; 1999
Clemons (Stacks)
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Robert E. Lee

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Profile of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, who opposed the secession of his home state, Virginia, but made the momentous decision to resign his Union post and support the Southern cause.
VHS
1996
Ivy (By Request)
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

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A dramatization of the last minute visions of escape by a man condemned to be hung by Union soldiers for attempting to destroy a bridge. Filmed in France.
VHS
1996; 1962
Ivy (By Request)
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Roots of Resistance: The Story of the Underground Railroad

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At the time of the Civil War, one of every eight people living in the United States was considered the legal property of someone else. Men and women, black and white, risked their lives to carve an elaborate network of escape routes out of slavery that became known as the Underground Railroad. A loosely organized group of deeply committed individuals who employed everything from secret codes to false-bottom wagons to bring fugitives out of bondage to havens of freedom.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided: Episode 4 the Dearest of All Things [electronic resource]

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With the war going badly in the east, Lincoln takes a step that changes the country forever and in doing so changes himself. On January 1, 1863, he issues the Emancipation Proclamation liberating millions of Americans from bondage. The move turns the Civil War from a conflict over union into a struggle for freedom.
Online
2005; 2001
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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided: Episode 3 Shattered [electronic resource]

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This program deals with Lincoln's first term as president, including the death of his son, Willie.
Online
2005; 2001
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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided: Episode 6 Blind With Weeping [electronic resource]

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Episode 6 deals with the end of the Civil War, Lincoln's assassination and the toll it exacted on the emotionally fragile Mary.
Online
2005; 2001
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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided: Episode 5 This Frightful War [electronic resource]

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Episode five begins in 1863 when it seems the war will never end.
Online
2005; 2001
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The Civil War: Episode One 1861-- the Cause [electronic resource]

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Beginning with a dramatic indictment of slavery, this first eposide dramatically evokes the causes of the war. Here are the burning questions of Union and states' rights, the story of John Brown at Harper's Ferry, the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, the firing on Fort Sumter, and the jubilant rush to arms on both sides. The episode comes to a climax with the disastrous Union defeat at Manassas, where both sides now learn it is to be a very long war.
Online
2005; 1990
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The Civil War: Episode Two 1862-- a Very Bloody Affair [electronic resource]

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The year 1862 saw the transformation of Lincoln's war to preserve the Union into a war to emancipate slaves. Episode Two begins with the political infighting that threatened to swamp Lincoln's administration and then follows Union General George McClellan's ill-fated campaign on the Virginia Peninsula. Viewers witness the battle of ironclad ships, partake of camp life, and watch slavery begin to crumble. Viewers meet Ulysses S. Grant, whose exploits come to a bloody climax at the Battle of Shiloh.
Online
2005; 1990
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The Civil War: Episode Four 1863-- Simply Murder [electronic resource]

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The episode begins with the nightmarish Union disaster at Fredericksburg and comes to two climaxes that spring: at Chancellorsville in May, where Lee wins his most brilliant victory but loses Stonewall Jackson; and at Vicksburg, where Grant's attempts to take the city by siege are stopped. During the episode, we learn of fierce Northern opposition to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, the miseries of regimental life, and the increasing desperation of the Confederate home front
Online
2005; 1990
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The Civil War: Episode Three 1862-- Forever Free [electronic resource]

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This episode charts the dramatic events that led to Lincoln's decision to set the slaves free. Convinced by July 1862 that emancipation was now morally and militarily crucial to the future of the Union, Lincoln must wait for a victory to issue his proclamation. But as the year wears on, there are no Union victories to be had, thanks to the brilliance of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. The episode comes to a climax in September 1862 with Lee's invasion of Maryland. On the banks of Antietam Creek, the bloodiest day of the war takes place, followed shortly by the brightest--the emancipation of the slaves.
Online
2005; 1990
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The Civil War: Episode Five 1863-- the Universe of Battle [electronic resource]

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This episode opens with a dramatic account of the turning point of the war: the Battle of Gettysburg--the greatest ever fought in the Western Hemisphere. For three days, 150,000 men will fight to the death in the gentle Pennsylvania countryside, culminating in Pickett's legendary charge. This extended episode goes on to chronicle the fall of Vicksburg, the New York draft riots, the first use of black troops, and the western battles at Chickamauga and Chattanooga. The episode closes with the dedication of a new Union cemetery at Gettysburg in November, where Abraham Lincoln struggles to put into words what was happening to his people.
Online
2005; 1990
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The Civil War: Episode Six 1864-- Valley of the Shadow of Death [electronic resource]

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Episode Six begins with a biographical comparison of Grant and Lee and then chronicles the extraordinary series of battles that pitted the two generals against one another. In 30 days, the two armies lose more men than both sides have lost in three years of war. With Grant and Lee finally deadlocked at Petersburg, we visit the ghastly hospitals of the North and South, and follow Sherman's Atlanta campaign through the mountains of northern Georgia
Online
2005; 1990
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The Civil War: Episode Seven 1864-- Most Hallowed Ground [electronic resource]

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This episode begins with the presidential campaign of 1864 that set Abraham Lincoln against his old commanding general, George McClellan. The stakes are nothing less than the survival of the Union itself. Eleventh-hour Union victories at Mobile Bay, Atlanta, and the Shenandoah Valley tilt the election to Lincoln, and the Confederacy's last hope for independence dies. In an ironic twist, Lee's Arlington mansion is turned into a Union military hospital and the estate becomes Arlington National Cemetery--the Union's most hallowed ground.
Online
2005; 1990
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The Civil War: Episode Eight 1865-- War Is All Hell [electronic resource]

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With William Tecumseh Sherman's brilliant March to the Sea, this episode brings war to the heart of Georgia and the Carolinas and spells the end of the Confederacy. In March, following Lincoln's second inauguration, first Petersburg and then Richmond finally fall to Grant's army. Lee's tattered Army of Northern Virginia flees westward toward a tiny crossroads town called Appomattox Court House. There the dramatic and deeply moving surrender of Lee to Grant takes place.
Online
2005; 1990