September 23, 2002
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I vividly remember watching Ken Burns' amazingly great The Civil War during the Gulf War. Now that we're apparently having a Gulf War sequel, The Civil War has been remastered and re-released. The Washington Post jumps on the bandwagon with an online discussion with Ken Burns and a great Flash map of the campaign from the Seven Days to Antietam.
posted by kirkaracha (9 comments total)
Please tell me that Ken didn't go back in and add any commentary by Wynton Marsalis.
posted by MrBaliHai at 4:33 AM on September 24, 2002

Speaking of which...
posted by Kikkoman at 7:37 AM on September 24, 2002

that movie could've really done without the cheesy score.
posted by trioperative at 8:10 AM on September 24, 2002

I've been watching this the past couple of nights. The thing that particularly strikes me is how you were able to put this war's horrific carnage (largely) behind you and carry on as a nation. In much of the world, a war like this would have started centuries of intermittent, self-perpetuating strife.
posted by timeistight at 8:59 AM on September 24, 2002

I have always found the story of Wilmer McLean to be one of the greatest ironies in american history. The greatest being the deaths of Jefferson and Adams on the fourth of July.
posted by clavdivs at 9:52 AM on September 24, 2002

Stumbled upon the rerun last night, and was just as sucked into it as I was the first time. Sorry trioperative, but I love the score, the different voicings, etc. I think this was Ken Burns' high point, and everything else he has done has fallen a bit flat.
posted by Windopaene at 9:57 AM on September 24, 2002

Ken Burns is America's Leni Riefenstahl.
posted by interrobang at 9:59 AM on September 24, 2002

It feels different this time - much more laid back. The show is the same, but tv, especially the commercials, has gotten so much more frenetic that the contrast is noticeable.
posted by k.43 at 2:21 PM on September 24, 2002

I was watching the last couple of nights, then it dawned on me, I missed a thread. I couldn't believe all the info I had forgotten since high school. It is nice to refresh your knowledge of the past especially when looking forward for answers of war.

Growing up I lived in a state that was on the north's side, and felt more for the south. Now I live in a state that sided with the south, yet see things differently for the north. I guess now I'm an adult that can read between the lines for both sides. I thought the show presented both sides equally, anyone else, yea or nay?

PS, it was interesting how the rest of the world thought about the strife in the US during the civil war as compared to the strife of the world in today's news. Like the Prime Minister of England being in favor of a succession of the south would be good for both sides and the world.
posted by thomcatspike at 4:01 PM on September 24, 2002

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