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Series
The Civil War
Raw Footage
Interview with William Safire
Contributing Organization
Ken Burns - Florentine Films (Walpole, New Hampshire)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/509-js9h41kc8n

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Description
This is raw footage of an interview that Ken Burns conducted with essayist William Safire on March 21, 1988. Safire provides insight into the minds of the great political figures of the Civil War. He describes Lincoln as "God's gift to the nation" during the trying times, and explains his personality. Safire also offers a clear image of the political motives behind the Emancipation Proclamation. He supports the notion that the Civil War was necessary in order to strengthen and grow the power of the United States. Safire then explains that the war was full of balances of allegiances; both sides of the war lost many soldiers.
Created
1988-03-21
Asset type
Raw Footage
Genres
Interview
Topics
History
War and Conflict
Creator
Ken Burns, Director
Florentine Films/American Documentary, Inc., Producing Organization
Contributor
Safire, William, Interviewee
Publisher
Florentine Films, Copyright Holder
Rights
Copyright 1989, Kenneth Lauren Burns All Rights Reserved
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
0:28:20
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Citation
Chicago: “The Civil War; Interview with William Safire,” 1988-03-21, Ken Burns - Florentine Films, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 21, 2018, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_509-js9h41kc8n.
MLA: “The Civil War; Interview with William Safire.” 1988-03-21. Ken Burns - Florentine Films, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 21, 2018. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_509-js9h41kc8n>.
APA: The Civil War; Interview with William Safire. Boston, MA: Ken Burns - Florentine Films, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_509-js9h41kc8n