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Ken Burns: THE CIVIL WAR

A Civil War cannon. Artwork for the Ken Burn's series, THE CIVIL WAR.
Courtesy of Florentine Films
A Civil War cannon. Artwork for the Ken Burn's series, THE CIVIL WAR.

Airs Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

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This program is an in-depth overview of the iconic documentary. See video clips and interviews with Ken Burns, Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns, Buddy Squires and others.

Give $300 during our TV Membership Campaign and receive “The Civil War 25th Anniversary Edition” DVD set. This gift includes a KPBS License Plate Frame (if you're a new member). Also enjoy access to KPBS Passport and myKPBS Film Club. The book "The Civil War- The Complete Text" is at the $120 level, and a Ken Burns' films combo package is available at $600.
Courtesy of Ken Burns
Give $300 during our TV Membership Campaign and receive “The Civil War 25th Anniversary Edition” DVD set. This gift includes a KPBS License Plate Frame (if you're a new member). Also enjoy access to KPBS Passport and myKPBS Film Club. The book "The Civil War- The Complete Text" is at the $120 level, and a Ken Burns' films combo package is available at $600.

Between 1861 and 1865, Americans made war on each other and killed each other in great numbers if only to become the kind of country that could no longer conceive of how that was possible.

What began as a bitter dispute over Union and States' Rights, ended as a struggle over the meaning of freedom in America.

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