American Experience: Death and The Civil War DVD

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Based on the best-selling book by Drew Gilpin Faust, this film will explore how the American Civil War created a "republic of suffering" and will chart the far-reaching social, political, and social changes brought about by the pervasive presence and fear of death during the Civil War.
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Based on the best-selling book by Drew Gilpin Faust, this film will explore how the American Civil War created a "republic of suffering" and will chart the far-reaching social, political, and social changes brought about by the pervasive presence and fear of death during the Civil War.

From acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns, Death and the Civil War explores an essential but largely overlooked aspect of the most pivotal event in American history. With the coming of the Civil War, and the staggering casualties it ushered in, death entered the experience of the American people as it never had before - permanently altering the character of the republic, and the psyche of the American people. The work of contending with death on an unprecedented scale propelled extraordinary changes in the inner and outer life of Americans - posing challenges for which there were no ready answers when the war began - challenges that called forth remarkable and eventually heroic efforts as Americans worked to improvise new solutions, new institutions, new ways of coping with death on an unimaginable scale.

Based on Drew Gilpin Faust's groundbreaking book, This Republic of Suffering - the film tracks the increasingly lethal arc of the war, from all but bloodless opening, through the chaos of Shiloh, Antietam, and Gettysburg - down through the struggle, in the war's aftermath, to cope with an American landscape littered with the bodies of hundreds of thousands of soldiers, many unburied, most unidentified.

Producer: Ric Burns, Robin Espinola, Bonnie Lafave, Sharon Grimberg
Executive Producer: Mark Samels
Production Company: WGBH; Steeplechase Films
Production Year: 2012
Copyright Year: 2012
Rating: TV-14
Actors: James Cromwell, Keith David, Josh Hamilton, Gene Jones, Robert Sean Leonard, Amy Madigan
Writers: Ric Burns
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 112 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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JOHN
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5.0 star rating
08/22/22
An intensely interesting and exceptionally
Review by JOHN on 08/22/22 review stating An intensely interesting and exceptionally
An intensely interesting and exceptionally informative production about the efforts to identify, locate and reinter the remains of the Civil War dead.
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Tangofrau
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5.0 star rating
06/13/22
Shaken to the Core
Review by Tangofrau on 06/13/22 review stating Shaken to the Core
Another outstanding program by PBS American Experience! I was shaken to the core after watching this.....what is mankind capable of? What great tragedy and human suffering! Will we EVER learn from history?!
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Harland
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5.0 star rating
12/21/20
heartbreakingly beautiful
Review by Harland on 12/21/20 review stating heartbreakingly beautiful
This compilation of still shots, excellent script, some music is totally enthralling. I recorded it on American Experience and truly requires your full attention and reverence. That was an era when folks actually wrote eloquently with excellent penmanship. their expressions of pain are so moving. I plan to rewatch it and try to absorb the absolute horrific experience that so many young men of that era experienced--I read that in todays numbers, it would be like 7 million killed. that should cause all to reflect.
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Pants
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5.0 star rating
12/21/20
Excellent documentary
Review by Pants on 12/21/20 review stating Excellent documentary
This documentary shows the Civil War from a perspective few people explore or even think about. It details a country unprepared for dealing with so much death and offers authentic letters from soldiers just before they died, as well as first hand accounts from local citizens given the responsibility of disposing of the dead. This is a DVD worth getting.
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Non
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
good enough
Review by Non on 07/17/20 review stating good enough
good enough
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Sue
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
death and the civil war
Review by Sue on 07/17/20 review stating death and the civil war
as sad as this is,its put together very well.it leaves you wondering about all the unknowns,tho.those poor soldiers and familys...but it does give you insight into the huge problem they had of identifying and notifying the dead.they were so unprepared,its really heartbreaking.i do recommend this documentary to antone who is interested in all things civil war...
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Lilybet
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A shocking side to war!
Review by Lilybet on 07/17/20 review stating A shocking side to war!
Wow! A side of war that few think of. Most interesting. I had some knowledge of this, but this really pulled together many other aspects that Id not considered or thought of. Worth a watch by all just for the understanding of the remnants of war.
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Janelle B.
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
War and Piece
Review by Janelle B. on 07/17/20 review stating War and Piece
Every war has death, but this American Experience program exploring how Americans came to view death brings to the contemporary viewer a sobering aspect of the Civil War. Most of us dont think about how such a basic fact of life as death can change over the generations. Now we will.
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History D.
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Death at a distance.
Review by History D. on 07/17/20 review stating Death at a distance.
Good explanation of how major events have changed the course of history. This presentation shows the tragedy of the American Civil War. The devastating effects on families, communities, states and the nation. It also helps to explain how dealing with death and dying became the impersonal, solitary practice of the current culture.
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Walker L.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Very Powerful
Review by Walker L. on 07/17/20 review stating Very Powerful
I was overwhelmed.Its a side of the civil war that was rarely talked about. What are we going to do with all the dead and dying?

"Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be anything new to learn about the Civil War, Ric Burns's must-see Death and the Civil War arrives…This is a film to watch." - The Washington Post

"Wrenching and riveting." - New York Times

"This portrait of the nation taking up its duty to the dead, its business of rebuilding, ranks among the most outstanding of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE films -- a story as uplifting as it is dark." - Wall Street Journal



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