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The Civil War
On Sunday PBS will once again air the landmark Ken Burns program CIVIL WAR. I was living in Atlanta when this program made its debut. I can remember very clearly it was the subject of many a conversation at the time. As a student of history I have always found it fascinating how the South interprets this particular period of time. If you’ve ever traveled to Atlanta and visited Stone Mountain Park, you’ll get a good sense of how the South remembers the conflict.
I had the pleasure of hearing Ken Burns talk when he visited Ohio State several years ago. He thinks of himself as a type of historian. He feels the need to educate with his films. American children today don’t get the kind of history education they use to. Sadly, there seems to be much less interest in learning about the past. If you have a filmmaker like Burns, and I might add his brother Ric, who can bring it all alive in a format people use and enjoy, the more power to them.
The Civil War airs Sunday, April 3 through Thursday, April 7 on WOSU TV.
I’ve watched CIVIL WAR at least three times and I have plans to watch it again next week. It is my favorite Ken Burns program, and I learn something new every time I watch. Whether it’s been a while since you’ve seen the entire program or you’ve never seen it, now is your chance. On this 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, take some time to learn about one of the most important events in our country’s history.