The Civil War

Season 1 Episode 1

The Cause (1861)

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Aired Daily 8:00 PM Sep 23, 1990 on PBS
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The build-up to war between the North and South, including disputes over slavery, State's rights, and the protests and compromises of the 1800s that finally led to armed conflict in 1861. The war begins and the first battles are chronicled.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Paul Roebling

    Paul Roebling

    Voice of Major Sullivan Ballou

    Guest Star

    Horton Foote

    Horton Foote

    Voice of Jefferson Davis

    Guest Star

    Morgan Freeman

    Morgan Freeman

    Voice of Frederick Douglass

    Guest Star

    Sam Waterston

    Sam Waterston

    Voice of Abraham Lincoln

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Some of the major events chronicled in this installment are American life in the 1850s-60s, how slavery operated in the South and its opposition in the North, the events at Harper's Ferry, the secession of states and the formation of the Confederacy, the attack on Fort Sumter, and the first battle of Bull Run ("First" Manassas).

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Narrator: The Civil War was fought in 10,000 different places - from Valverde, New Mexico and Tullahoma, Tennessee to St. Albans, Vermont and Fernandina on the Florida coast. More than three million Americans fought in it, over 600,000 men - two percent of the population - died in it.

      • Sullivan Ballou (Union soldier): (the conclusion of a letter written to his wife before his death at Bull Run) But, O, Sarah, if the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you, in the gladdest time and in the darkest nights...always, always. And if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath. As the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again.

    • NOTES (3)

      • The Civil War was produced in association with PBS station WETA in Washington, DC.

      • Notable historians, advisors and commentators that appear include Barbara Fields, Ed Bearss, James McPherson, Stephen Oates, and Steven Sears.

        The primary theme music, Ashokan Farewell, was composed at an earlier date and is performed by Jay Ungar and "Fiddle Fever."

      • The original broadcast of The Civil War series was seen by 40 million viewers (a record for PBS) and won numerous awards - including two Emmys, two Grammys, the Peabody Award, the DuPont/Columbia Journalism Award, and the Golden Globe. The Washington Post wrote, "not just good TV, not even great TV, this is heroic TV."

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