Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This film looks at the central issues and effects of the American Civil War, which raged for four years, from 1861-1865. It chronicles the important battles between the North and the South, and assesses its impact on the world community. Pitting the agrarian -- almost feudal -- system of the South against the more centralized culture of the North, the Civil War killed more soldiers than all wars in subsequent U.S. history and forged a modern nation. Historians still argue over the causes of the war. Ostensibly a fight to end slavery, the economic motivations of the war cannot be denied. The effects of the war were easier to discern: the United States entered the conflict as a fledgling of the industrial revolution and finished as a world power. This and other repercussions are examined in this thoughtful presentation.
battle [war], Civil-War [US], slavery, war