Should You Watch Ken Burns's Civil War…

In the first installment of this series I briefly explored the way in which The Civil War deals with slavery as a cause of the war. For many viewers this is the biggest problem with the documentary, owing to Burns’s reliance on Shelby Foote as his main talking head. I certainly don’t want to diminish these concerns, but it often prevents us from looking at other themes that are thoughtfully explored in the series.

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