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Ken Burns' Emmy Award-winning documentary brings to life America's most destructive — and defining — conflict. The Civil War is the saga of celebrated generals and ordinary soldiers, a heroic and transcendent president, and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Cause - 1861||Beginning with an examination of slavery, this episode looks at the causes of the war and the burning questions of union and states' rights. Significant events include John Brown's rebellion at Harper's Ferry, the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, the firing on Fort Sumter and the jubilant rush to arms on both sides. Introducing the series' major figures -- Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant -- the episode concludes with the disastrous Union defeat at Manassas, where both sides realize it is to be a very long war.||1:39:17||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoA Very Bloody Affair - 1862||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 with the political infighting that threatened to swamp Lincoln's administration and then follows Union General George McClellan's ill-fated campaign on the Virginia peninsula. The episode follows the battle of ironclad ships, camp life and the beginning of the end of slavery. Ulysses S. Grant's exploits come to a bloody resolution at the Battle of Shiloh. The episode ends with rumors of Europe's readiness to recognize the Confederacy.||1:08:05||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoForever Free - 1862||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 militarily crucial to the future of the Union, Lincoln must wait for a victory to issue his proclamation. But as the year wears on, there are no Union victories to be had thanks to the brilliance of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. The episodes comes to a climax in September 1862 with Lee's invasion of Maryland. On the banks of Antietam Creek, the bloodiest day of the war takes place, followed shortly by the brightest - the emancipation of the slaves.||1:15:53||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSimply Murder - 1863||This episode begins with the nightmarish Union disaster at Fredericksburg and follows two clashes that spring: at Chancellorsville in May, where Lee wins his most brilliant victory but loses Stonewall Jackson; and at Vicksburg, where Grant is prevented from taking the city by siege. Also covered is the fierce northern opposition to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, the miseries of regimental life and the increasing desperation of the Confederate home front. As the first part of the episode ends, Lee decides to invade the North again to draw Grant's forces away from Vicksburg.||1:01:52||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Universe of Battle - 1863||This episode opens with a dramatic account of the turning point of the war: the Battle of Gettysburg - the greatest battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere. For three days, 150,000 will fight to the death in the gentle Pennsylvania countryside culminating in Pickett's legendary charge. This extended episode then goes on to chronicle the fall of Vicksburg, the New York draft riots, the first use of black troops, and the western battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga. The episode closes with the Dedication of a new Union cemetery at Gettysburg in November, where Abraham Lincoln struggles to put into words what is happening to his people.||1:35:23||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoValley of the Shadow of Death - 1864||This episode begins with a biographical comparison of Grant and Lee and then chronicles the extraordinary series of battles that pitted the two generals against each other from the wilderness to Petersburg in Virginia. With Grant and Lee finally deadlocked at Petersburg, the episode moves to the ghastly hospitals in both the North and South, and follows Sherman's Atlanta campaign through the mountains of northern Georgia. As the horrendous casualty lists increase, Lincoln's chances for re-election begin to dim and with them, the possibility of Union victory.||1:09:21||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMost Hallowed Ground - 1864||The presidential campaign of 1864 set Abraham Lincoln against his old commanding general, George McClellan. The stakes are nothing less than the survival of the Union itself. Opinion in the North has turned strongly against Lincoln and the war, but 11th-hour Union victories at Mobile Bay, Atlanta and the Shenandoah Valley tilt the election to Lincoln, and the Confederacy's last hope for independence dies. In an ironic twist, Lee's Arlington mansion is turned into a Union military hospital and the estate becomes Arlington National Cemetery -- the Union's most hallowed ground.||1:11:50||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWar Is All Hell - 1865||William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea brings war to the heart of Georgia and the Carolinas and spells the end of the Confederacy. Following Lincoln's second inauguration, Petersburg and Richmond finally fall to Grant's army. Lee's tattered Army of Northern Virginia flees westward towards Appomattox, where the surrender of Lee to Grant takes place. The episode ends in Washington, DC, where John Wilkes Booth begins to dream of vengeance for the South.||1:08:41||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Better Angels of Our Nature - 1865||On April 14, five days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Lincoln is assassinated. After chronicling Lincoln's funeral, the episode recounts the final days of the war, the capture of John Wilkes Booth and the fates of the series' major figures. The series ends by considering the consequences and meaning of a war that transformed the country from a collection of states to the nation it is today.||1:08:34||$6.99||View in iTunes|
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9.99 each? You greeeeeedy PBS hacks are insane... who do think you are?
Nothing that PBS puts out is $9.00 an episode. Even Ken Burns titles. This is absolutly nuts! The point of downloading here is to get shows at a cheaper rate as the only "middleman" is the I Tunes Store. And items are more or less directly linked to the seller. I would like to know how PBS, Ken Burns, or ITunes can justify this price. I highly reccomend that no one buy it just to make a point. And if you do, well I hope you like throwing money away.
I love this series, but this price is just not justified.
I'm talking about the people writing bad reviews here! If you are complaining about price then e-mail PBS. Don't disparage Ken Burns because you don't like the amount they charge - just don't buy it! This is the BEST EVER Cival War documentary. The detail and effort put into this production is stunning. It is well worth the price and a must have for any history buff. Also see his other documentaries - especially 'The War'.