The Civil War "The Cause - 1861" on WXXI-TV

The Civil War "The Cause - 1861" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 04/03/2011 - 8:00pm

Credit: Courtesy of Florentine Films

What caused the Civil War?

On the 150th anniversary of the beginning of America’s Civil War, WXXI-TV/HD will re-broadcast Ken Burns’s entire landmark 1990 series. Burns’s epic documentary brings to life America’s most destructive — and defining — conflict. The Civil War, airing Sunday, April 3 through Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11), 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. Voices for the series include Sam Waterston, Jason Robards, Julie Harris, Jeremy Irons, Morgan Freeman, Paul Roebling, Garrison Keillor, Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur Miller and Studs Terkel. Historian David McCullough narrates.

Beginning with an examination of slavery this first episode, The Cause - 1861 airing Sunday, April 3 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011), looks at the causes of the war and the burning questions of union and states’ rights. John Brown leads a rebellion at Harper’s Ferry, Abraham Lincoln is elected president, Fort Sumter is fired upon and both sides rush to arms. 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. Episode one of nine.

The series continues throughout the week on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

A Very Bloody Affair - 1862 and Forever Free - 1862 airs Monday, April 4 at 8 p.m. 

Simply Murder - 1863 and The Universe of Battle - 1863 airs Tuesday, April 5 at 8 p.m.

Valley of the Shadow of Death - 1864 and Most Hallowed Ground - 1864 airs Wednesday, April 6 at 8 p.m.

War is All Hell - 1865 and The Better Angels of Our Nature - 1865 airs Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m.

On the 150th anniversary of the beginning of America’s Civil War, PBS will re-broadcast Ken Burns’s entire landmark 1990 series. Burns’s epic 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. Voices for the series include Sam Waterston, Jason Robards, Julie Harris, Jeremy Irons, Morgan Freeman, Paul Roebling, Garrison Keillor, Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur Miller and Studs Terkel. Historian David McCullough narrates.

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