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The Civil War Season 1

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1x01 The Cause (1861) aired Sep 23, 1990

Beginning with a searing indictment of slavery, this first episode dramatically evokes the causes of the war, from the Cotton Kingdom of the South to the nor... read more

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1x02 A Very Bloody Affair (1862) aired Sep 24, 1990

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 begins wi... read more

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1x03 Forever Free (1862) aired Sep 24, 1990

This episode charts the dramatic events that led to Lincoln's decision to set the slaves free. Convinced by July 1862 that emancipation was now morally and m... read more

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1x04 Simply Murder (1863) aired Sep 25, 1990

The nightmarish Union disaster at Fredericksburg comes to two climaxes that spring: at Chancellorsville in May, where Lee wins his most brilliant victory but... read more

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1x05 The Universe of Battle (1863) aired Sep 25, 1990

This episode opens with a dramatic account of the turning point of war: the Battle of Gettysburg, the greatest ever fought in the Western Hemisphere. For thr... read more

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1x06 Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) aired Sep 26, 1990

Episode six begins with a biographical comparison of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee and then chronicles the extraordinary series of battles that pitted t... read more

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1x07 Most Hallowed Ground (1864) aired Sep 26, 1990

The episode begins with the presidential election of 1864 that sets Abraham Lincoln against his old commanding general, George McClellan. The stakes are noth... read more

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1x08 War Is All Hell (1865) aired Sep 27, 1990

The episode begins with William Tecumseh Sherman's brilliant march to the sea, which brings the war to the heart of Georgia and the Carolinas and spells the ... read more

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1x09 The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) aired Sep 27, 1990

This extraordinary final episode of The Civil War begins in the bittersweet aftermath of Lee's surrender and then goes on to narrate the horrendous events of... read more


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