Long Shadows : The Legacy of the American Civil War

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  • 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 commentary to this evocative study.


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  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on November 17, 2010.
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  • Echoes of the War (6:54) -- Start of the Civil War (3:26) -- Relics of the Civil War (2:04) -- Civil War Reenactments (4:33) -- Escalation of Civil War (2:53) -- Southern Attitudes About the War (1:51) -- Purpose for the Civil War (6:53) -- Climactic Battle of the Civil War: Gettysburg (8:35) -- Sherman's Long March (8:00) -- Opinions About the South (6:01) -- Civil War Profits (1:17) -- Memorializing the Dead (8:18) -- War to Free Slaves (6:54) -- Reconstruction (2:29) -- Civil Rights/White Violence Against Blacks (9:56) -- Veterans Reunite (7:30) -- Credits: Long Shadows: The Legacy of the American Civil War (0:45)
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