American Experience: Death and the Civil War

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 9:00pm

Chart the political and social changes wrought by the pervasiveness and fear of death during the Civil War. From acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns, Death and the Civil War explores an essential, but largely overlooked aspect of the most pivotal event in American history: the transformation of the nation by the death of an estimated 750,000 people – nearly two and a half percent of the population – in four dark and searing years from 1861 to 1865. American Experience: Death and the Civil War airs on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Based on the book This Republic of Suffering by Harvard historian and president Drew Gilpin Faust, Death and the Civil War measures the impact of unprecedented casualties on the American people.