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A documentary on the American Civil War narrated by Ken Burns, covering the secession of the Confederacy to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Series Cast

  1. David McCullough as Narrator

    David McCullough


    9 Episodes

  2. Sam Waterston as Abraham Lincoln

    Sam Waterston

    Abraham Lincoln

    9 Episodes

  3. Julie Harris as Mary Chestnut

    Julie Harris

    Mary Chestnut

    9 Episodes

  4. Jason Robards as Ulysses S. Grant

    Jason Robards

    Ulysses S. Grant

    9 Episodes

  5. Morgan Freeman as Frederick Douglass

    Morgan Freeman

    Frederick Douglass

    9 Episodes

  6. Paul Roebling as Joshua Chamberlain

    Paul Roebling

    Joshua Chamberlain

    9 Episodes

  7. Garrison Keillor as Walt Whitman

    Garrison Keillor

    Walt Whitman

    9 Episodes

  8. George Black

    Robert E. Lee

    9 Episodes

  9. Arthur Miller as William Tecumseh Sherman

    Arthur Miller

    William Tecumseh Sherman

    9 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 1

1990 • 9 Episodes

Photographs, period paintings, lithographs and headlines of the Civil War are combined with moving newsreel footage of Civil War veterans, interviews with distinguished historians and first-person accounts in this award-winning documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns. The miniseries vividly embraces the entire sweep of the war: the complex causes and lasting effects of America's greatest and most moving calamity, the battles and the homefronts, the generals and the private soldiers, the anguish of death in battle and the grief of families at home.

The Better Angels of Our Nature: 1865

(1x9, September 27, 1990) Season Finale

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The Civil War
The Civil War


Status Ended


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Type Miniseries

Original Language English


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