One of the most engaging and thought provoking documentaries
regarding the American civil war in this three part documentary that
traces issues such as slavery, the birth of modern warfare and one
of the bloodiest days in American history, the Antietam creek
This made-for-television documentary is presented in an aspect ratio
of 4:3 with Dolby Digital mono that is rather pristine quality for
something so dated. Match that with over 250 minutes of American
civil war history and this is one series that is a must have for all
lovers of history.
This episode begins with a searing indictment of slavery and a
dramatic depiction of the causes of the war. It asks the burning
questions of Union and States' rights, freedom and slavery and
features key events such as John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry and
the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. It culminates with the
stunning Union defeat at Manassas.
A VERY BLOODY AFFAIR
1862 saw the birth of modern warfare and the transformation of
Lincoln's war to preserve the Union into a war to emancipate the
slaves. Episode two follows Union General George McClellan's
ill-fated campaign and covers a battle of ironclad ships, Grant's
exploits at the Battle of Shiloh and the rumours of Europe's
readiness to recognise the Confederacy.
Convinced by July 1862 that emancipation was morally and militarily
crucial to the future of the Union, Lincoln must wait for a victory
to issue his proclamation. In September 1862 General Lee invades the
northern state of Maryland and at Antietam creek the bloodiest day
of the war takes place, followed by the brightest -the emancipation
of the slaves.
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