Ken Burns’s popular Civil War documentary aired on PBS more than thirty years ago. It’s been the subject of a good deal of criticism in recent years and has inspired at least one fellow historian to work toward producing a new film that better reflects the current state of scholarship and one which speaks to Americans today.
wow did not know that, oh well a dinosaur but with talent, I devoted the trilogy, and even then saw it's shortcomings,
I am pretty progressive and a history buff, but I don't think that Shelby Foote was overdone, I read all three of his volumes on the Civil War way back in the day. They were well written as military histories. Probably wouldn't stand the test of time, I can't believe that Burns left out C Vann Woodward. If I had to do the series over I would still leave Foote in but maybe have it continue right through Reconstruction.
Thanks for this. I just listened to the first 40 minutes of the Field's interview and will return to listen to the rest of it and others as well as your commentaries about the Burns series. Also, thanks for the link to the American Archives. I had no idea about this unbelievable resource.
Along the lines of reimagining 90’s Civil War history, Imani Perry’s South to America is an excellent book. The 90’s had Tony Horowitz’s Confederates in the Attic. Today we have South to America.