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'Civil War' is Coming Back -- To PBS, in April
January 18, 2011  | By David Bianculli
 

The Civil War, the landmark 1990 documentary miniseries that put Ken Burns and company on the map (on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line), is being repeated in April, PBS announced today. It's timed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the actual Civil War... give or take a few days...

The rebroadcast of The Civil War will occur over five consecutive nights, Apr. 3-7, 2011. It was 150 years earlier -- well, 150 years and a few days' change -- when South Carolina's Fort Sumter was fired upon on April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the Civil War.

I love that the documentary is back on TV. Then again, I loved it the first time.

You can hear my original review of the Ken Burns epic -- back when Burns was a largely unknown name -- from NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, back on Sept. 21, 1990. It's one of my "Fresh Air Faves," and, as such, is presented elsewhere on this website, ready to hear. Just click HERE, and scroll down to the Civil War entry (second from the top), to hear it.

 

3 Comments

 

Esther said:

Thanks for letting us know; seems like PBS is getting started celebrating with American Experience episodes on Robert E Lee and Ulysses Grant. I'm curious if History Channel will do something special for this sesquicentennial.

Comment posted on January 19, 2011 1:33 AM


Sarah said:

I have been wanting to see Ken Burn's The Civil War
for a long time,since I first vistited Gettysburg as an 8th grader three years after it first primeried and I just never got around to renting it so this is great news.

Comment posted on January 19, 2011 2:16 PM


Graham said:

I'm looking forward to this. Maybe the attention will correct some of the revisionist idiocy that's circulating about the war.

Comment posted on January 19, 2011 7:57 PM
 
 
 
 
 
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