The Divided Union – The Story of the American Civil War, 1861-1865 (1987): Part 01 – Forward to Sumter


Historical documentary on the American Civil War (1861-1865) featuring firsthand information from personal diaries, soldiers’ letters, reminiscences, personal accounts, photographs, paintings, extensive footage of battlefields and historic locations, as well as interviews with leading historians and writers, and reenactments of many of the key campaigns. All this makes this title an authentic documentary of the Civil War.

Outline of Part 01

What caused the American Civil War? This episode traces the evolution of two distinct societies, leading up to that fateful first shot on Fort Sumter. Along the way, the program traces the rise of the Republican Party, the emergence of Abraham Lincoln, industrialisation in the North, the impact of the cotton gin on the economy of the South, and the origins and spread of slavery in North America.

The Divided Union: The Story of the American Civil War, 1861-65 War Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director: Peter Batty.
  • Producer: Peter Batty.
  • Release Date: 1987 (US).
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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