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Death and the Civil War

Season 28 Episode 9 | 1h 51m 45s

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How the young United States dealt with the unprecedented and overwhelming number of dead in the Civil War, premiering on PBS Sept 18, 8/7c. The Ric Burns film is based on the book "This Republic of Suffering" by Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust.

Aired: 09/18/12 | Expired: 06/04/16 | Rating: NR

For Season 24 of American Experience, exclusive corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance, major funding by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS stations. Additional funding for Death and the Civil War provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and The Documentary Investment Group: Nordblom Family Foundation and Gretchen Stone Cook Charitable Foundation. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this film do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment For The Humanities.

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