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African-American Lives 2 [electronic resource]: A Way Out of No Way

Continuing to trace guests' lineages back through the late 1800s to the Civil War and earlier, this program features stories like that of Chris Rock's maternal great-great-grandfather, Julius Caesar Tingman, a black Civil War veteran who was twice elected to the South Carolina State Legislature; and Don Cheadle's ancestors, who had been enslaved by Chickasaw Indians and brought to Oklahoma on the tail end of the Trail of Tears-the mass relocation of Native Americans from the South during the 1830s.

The Civil War: Episode 8 War Is All Hell (1865) [electronic resource]

This program begins with William T. Sherman's brilliant March to the Sea, which brought the war to the heart of Georgia and the Carolinas and spelled the end of the Confederacy. It continues with Lincoln's second inauguration, the fall of Petersburg and then Richmond to Grant's army, and the westward flight of Lee's tattered Army of Northern Virginia to a tiny crossroads town called Appomattox Court House, where the dramatic and deeply moving surrender of Lee to Grant would take place. The episode ends in Washington, where John Wilkes Booth dreamed of vengeance for the South.

The Civil War: Episode 9 the Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) [electronic resource]

This extraordinary final episode of The Civil War begins in the bittersweet aftermath of Lee's surrender and goes on to narrate the terrible events of five days later when, on April 14, Lincoln was assassinated. After chronicling Lincoln's poignant funeral, the program then recounts the final days of the war, the capture of John Wilkes Booth, and the fates of the Civil War's major protagonists. The consequences and meaning of a war that transformed America from a collection of states to the nation it is today are considered as well.

Long Shadows [electronic resource]: The Legacy of the American Civil War

Ruined cities, scorched countryside, over 600,000 deaths - these were the Civil War's direct results. But its long-term effects were no less cataclysmic and are still at work in American society. From North to South, from civil rights to foreign policy, from individual to collective memory, this classic program by award-winning filmmaker Ross Spears explores the cultural, political, and economic echoes of the War Between the States. Reflections come from a wide range of distinguished guests, including former President Jimmy Carter, poet and novelist Robert Penn Warren, scholars Robert Coles and John Hope Franklin, and author Studs Terkel. Civil rights activists, West Point graduates, Vietnam War veterans, battlefield tour guides, relic collectors, and blues musicians also add comment [...]

Death Knell of the Confederacy [electronic resource]

The five-part series Civil War: the Untold Story provides new insights into the causes of the Civil War, life on the home front, the politics of war, the issue of slavery, and the relatively unheralded role African Americans played in the conflict. Death Knell of the Confederacy covers the conclusion of the Battle of Chickamauga, the Chattanooga Offensive, the Anti-war Movement, Sherman's March, and the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

A Beacon of Hope [electronic resource]

Civil War: the Untold Story provides new insights into the causes of the Civil War, life on the home front, the politics of war, the issue of slavery, and the role African Americans played in the conflict. Filmed at the actual battle sites, the five-part series uses re-enactors to recreate epic battles of war. Interviews with scholars and 3D graphics convey battle tactics while underscoring the relationship between the Western Campaign and the more famous battles waged in the East. A Beacon of Hope covers the conclusion of the Battle of Shiloh and the experience of thousands of escaping slaves fleeing North.

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.

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 [...]

Lincoln@Gettysburg [electronic resource]

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proved himself a master of a new frontier-not on the battlefields of the Civil War, but in his "high-tech" command center, the War Department Telegraph Office. Field dispatches via the "Internet" of the nineteenth century gave him powers of command, communications, and control never before exercised by a commander-in-chief. The results of Lincoln's pioneering experiment in electronic leadership would ultimately lead to the fields of Gettysburg. There, one battle turned the tide of the Civil War and became the setting for the 272 words of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. This program unfolds the greatest turning point in American history, the rebirth of a nation, and the dawn of the information age.
2014; 2013

Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War

This critically acclaimed television and video series from the National Museum of American History is a sweeping and compelling look at the war's military, political and social history. Each episode features dramatic reenactments of important campaigns; first-hand accounts of eyewitnesses and participants read by distinguished actors; period photographs, paintings and artifacts; intriguing expert challenges to traditional historical thinking; original contemporary illustrations; computer enhanced maps; and music of the time.
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Who Was Abraham Lincoln? [electronic resource]

Obscured by competing images stemming from popular and revisionist history, the real Abraham Lincoln can be difficult to know. In this program, three leading American historians-Pulitzer Prize-winner David Herbert Donald, of Harvard University; Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Boorstin, of the Library of Congress; and Eric Foner, of Columbia University-join syndicated columnist and author Ben Wattenberg to separate the man from the mystery by exploring Lincoln's appeal as the common man of the people, his belief in freedom for all Americans, and his commitment to preserving the Union and its principles.
2006; 1999

Abraham Lincoln Revealed [electronic resource]: Abraham Lincoln Revealed

In this special performance edition of the Journal, actor Sam Waterston and historian Harold Holzer explore Lincoln's legacy and legend as defined in poetry and prose by significant American writers who, across the decades, have wrestled to envision Lincoln through the lens of their own experiences and times. Afterward, Bill Moyers sits down with Waterston and Holzer to talk about the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln's maturation as President, the arc of history that connects Lincoln with President Obama, and the challenges of portraying and writing about the incomparable Abraham Lincoln.

Forward to Sumter [electronic resource]: Beginning of War Between States

Since the penning of the Declaration of Independence, America had been steadily evolving into two distinctly different societies-and by 1861, sectional differences had reached the flashpoint. This program addresses abolitionist fervor in the industrialized North; the rising clamor for secession in the antebellum South, an agrarian economy transfigured by the cotton gin; and the political emergence of Abraham Lincoln-intertwined strands of history that, like a burning fuse, ignited the War Between the States. Commentary by Eric Foner, John Hope Franklin, Henry Steele Commager, David Donald, William Cooper, and Grady McWhiney is featured.
2009; 1987

Bloody Stalemate [electronic resource]: War Begins in Earnest

This program carries the narrative of the Civil War forward into its opening months, during which hopes for a quick victory died alongside thousands of soldiers during clashes fought on an unprecedented scale. Advances in weaponry and key battles-First and Second Bull Run/Manassas, Shiloh/Pittsburg Landing, and Antietam/Sharpsburg-are analyzed, as well as the possibility of British intervention on the side of the C.S.A., the Northern blockade of the South, the emergence of Generals Grant and Lee, and the First Emancipation Proclamation. Commentary by Eric Foner, Shelby Foote, Henry Steele Commager, David Donald, and William Cooper is featured.
2009; 1987

High Tide of the Confederacy [electronic resource]: 1863, the Turning Point in the War

The Union's victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg marked a crucial turning point in the Civil War. This program thoroughly examines those pivotal campaigns, along with the Battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, the effects of the Emancipation Proclamation on both the North and South, problems within the Jefferson Davis administration, the beginnings of dissent in the South, and the treatment of prisoners of war on both sides. Commentary by James Robertson, Burke Davis, William Davis, Herman Hattaway, Grady McWhiney, and Bertram Wyatt-Brown is featured.
2009; 1987

Total War [electronic resource]: War Takes Its Toll on Day-to-Day Life

As the strain of total war increased on both sides, the Union and Confederacy each bitterly fought on in an effort to break the other's will. Topics in this program range from draft riots in the North and the Union's recruitment of African-Americans, to the hardships imposed on the South by the ongoing coastal blockade and Sherman's March to the Sea, to the wartime leadership of Lincoln and Davis, to the battles that shaped the beginning of the end of the Civil War: Chickamauga, Second Chattanooga, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Mobile Bay. Commentary by Eric Foner, Shelby Foote, James Robertson, Henry Steele Commager, and William Still is featured.
2009; 1987

Conclusion at Appomattox [electronic resource]: War Ends, But Not Its Impact

In 1865, the laying down of arms was just the beginning of the long battle for equal rights facing African-Americans. After documenting the final months of the War Between the States-Lincoln's second inauguration, Sherman's march through the Carolinas, the Siege of Petersburg, the destruction of Richmond, General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, and Lincoln's assassination-this program considers the outcome of the war and its cost, Reconstruction, the century of racism and segregation following the war, and the emergence of Martin Luther King, Jr., as the voice of the civil rights movement. Commentary by Eric Foner, Shelby Foote, and James McPherson is featured.
2009; 1987

Ambrose Bierce's an Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge [electronic resource]

The Civil War. A nation torn apart. A war fought in great battles, and a war fought on a much smaller scale...within the minds and hearts of a nation's young men. On a lonely bridge, a group of soldiers prepare for the somber task of hanging one of their countrymen, now an enemy, for sabotage. This classic retelling of Ambrose Bierce's acclaimed story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," from Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, begins on an isolated span and then transforms into a far-ranging journey through the mind and dreams of a man facing death.

Charlotte Forten's Mission [electronic resource]

This is the story of a heroine - perhaps not a traditional heroine, for one would not necessarily look upon a young, frail-of-health, free black woman from a well-to-do Philadelphia family in Civil War times as someone who would implicitly inspire the word "heroine." But then Charlotte Forten was an extraordinary young woman. As a part of President Lincoln's "great experiment", she journeyed south to Sea Island, where she sought to give newly freed black children a decent education and the chance for a better life. In many ways the story is as remarkable as the lady who lived it. For Charlotte Forten's Mission is the inspiring true story of one woman's courage and determination during the time of the Civil War - a world torn apart by the fear and prejudice.

Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877 [electronic resource]

This archival educational film shot in 1965 examines the Civil War and Reconstruction as they affected the nation's African-American population.