The Divided Union - American Civil War 1861-1865

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War Documentary hosted by Ed Bishop, published by Channel 4 in 1987 - English narration

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A powerful, exciting and comprehensive account of the American Civil War, with large-scale re-enactments of battles, superb contemporary photographs and haunting period music. The Divided Union is a gripping account of the bloodshed and horror of the American Civil War, the birth of democracy and the beginning of modern day America. Together with lavish infantry and calvalry battle re-enactments, the series includes a fascinating collection of photographs from the Civil War and from the twentieth century.

Narrator : Ed Bishop Directed and written by Peter Batty A Peter Batty Production for Channel Four Television in association with Arts and Entertainment Network Peter Batty Productions Ltd 1987

[edit] Forward to Sumter

What caused the American Civil War? This episode traces the evolution of two distinct societies, leading up to that fateful first shot on Fort Sumter. Along the way, the program traces the rise of the Republican Party, the emergence of Abraham Lincoln, industrialization in the North, the impact of the cotton gin on the economy of the South, and the origins and spread of slavery in North America.

[edit] Bloody Stalemate

Brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor. Men are recruited, troops march, battles are fought, the luckless die. But a clear-cut victory continues to elude both sides. The Battle of Antietam takes place on September 17, 1862. It is the bloodiest day of the entire war.

[edit] High Tide of the Confederacy

During 1862, Lincoln's military commanders were squabbling, his political popularity was waning, and the North seemed unable to exploit its industrial and numerical superiority. Then came 1863, when the South failed at Gettysburg and surrendered Vicksburg, a strategic Mississippi port. These two momentous events marked the turning point in the war.

[edit] Total War

The war took its toll not only on the battlefields but also on the day-to-day lives of Northern and Southern civilians. Through songs, diaries, poems, paintings, memoirs, and letters of soldiers and those they left at home, you will enter that war-torn world. You will also witness the changing technology of warfare, the appointment of Ulysses S. Grant as Union commander, and the tragic experiences of African-Americans--some freed, some enslaved.

[edit] Conclusion at Appomattox

Five days after General Lee surrenders, Lincoln is assassinated, and the struggle for reunification is far from over. This program ponders the South's legacy of defeat and the war's continuing impact on our lives, manifested in the struggle for civil rights--a poignant culmination to this thought-provoking series.

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Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
Video Bitrate: 1758 kbps
Video Resolution: 704x520
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.354:1
Frames Per Second: 29.970
Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
Audio Bitrate: 384kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 51:39.060
Number Of Parts: 5
Part Size: 795 MB
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