American Experience: Reconstruction: The Second Civil War DVD

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Item #: WA9822
Spanning the years from 1863 to 1877, this dramatic mini-series recounts the tumultuous post-Civil War years. America was grappling with rebuilding itself, with bringing the South back into the Union, and with how best to offer citizenship to former slaves. Stories of key political players in Washington are interwoven with those of ordinary people caught up in the turbulent social ... More
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Spanning the years from 1863 to 1877, this dramatic mini-series recounts the tumultuous post-Civil War years. America was grappling with rebuilding itself, with bringing the South back into the Union, and with how best to offer citizenship to former slaves. Stories of key political players in Washington are interwoven with those of ordinary people caught up in the turbulent social and political struggles of Reconstruction.

Producer: WGBH
Production Year: 2004
Copyright Year: 2004
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 175 minutes
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

5 Reviews
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Hartford H.
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
02/23/22
Reconstruction
Review by Hartford H. on 02/23/22 review stating Reconstruction
I used the DVD for instructional purposes, as part of a two-week lesson unit for a middle school Social Studies class. Based on the positive reaction of the students, I would say that the first half, in particular, did a stunningly effective job of posing, through concise narration, evocative images and expert commentary, the key issues of the tumultuous era and how they played out in individual lives and specific situations. As an example, the section on Shermans March to the Sea not only captured the strategic importance of this brilliant military feat, but also depicted in compelling detail the unprecedented (but little-heralded) Savannah meeting that took place between the triumphant Sherman and President Lincolns handpicked envoy, Secretary of War Stanton, and a score of respected representatives of the newly freed slave population. Rarely can a textbook recreate such a momentous event, convey its historic significance and evoke the human emotion in such stark, gripping terms as this dramatic and cogent American Experience version.
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Jim E.
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
10/21/21
Job Well Done
Review by Jim E. on 10/21/21 review stating Job Well Done
An excellent presentation! It brings to life most all textbook accounts following the seeming silencing of the great guns and continuing conflict of the Reconstruction Era that has lasted into this century in several areas of our nation especially as concerns the 14th Amendment.
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Jake
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
10/21/21
Todays History: Revisited
Review by Jake on 10/21/21 review stating Todays History: Revisited
This is a must-see DVD for anyone interested in learning the true history of the first Civil War and how it equates to what has happened in present day politics.
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Diva
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
10/21/21
Fantastic
Review by Diva on 10/21/21 review stating Fantastic
I watched this program when it aired and I purchased the DVD. It is excellent and should be used to teach the history of this nation. It also gives insight to the racial strife this nation still experiences today
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William
Verified Buyer
4.0 star rating
10/21/21
This program reveals the disaster
Review by William on 10/21/21 review stating This program reveals the disaster
This program reveals the disaster that was caused by John Wilkes Booth, when he assassinated Abe Lincoln. Andrew Johnson, the VP who inherited the presidency, had absolutely NO interest in continuing Lincolns efforts to help Black Americans receive better education and equality in social and work situations.


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