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Causes of the Civil War Movies & TV

Ride with the Devil (1999)

Before he became Spiderman, actor Tobey Maguire played a young guerrilla soldier loyal to the South in this Civil War drama. This tale about the Missouri bushwhackers, a little-known group of non-uniformed fighting men, reminds us that this war was not simply a North-versus-South, or a slave-versus-free, affair.

"The Civil War" (1990)

This Emmy Award-winning television documentary miniseries, directed by Ken Burns, utilizes historical photographs, written accounts, and war-era music to tell the story of the Civil War, from its causes to its conclusion. A nationwide sensation when it was released in 1990, Ken Burns's Civil War revolutionized historical documentary filmmaking.

Glory (1989)

Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, and Matthew Broderick star in this Civil War drama about the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, the first all-black unit to serve the United States Army. The film's screenplay is based largely on the letters of the regiment's white captain, Robert Gould Shaw, and, although at times historically inaccurate, it offers a compelling view of the African-American experience on the Civil War battlefield.

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927)

Early African-American actor James B. Lowe stars as Uncle Tom in this, one of the most famous, screen adaptations of Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 abolitionist novel. Seven decades after the book's publication, Stowe's tale about the injustices of slavery takes on new meanings.

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