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  • Actors: Lydia Alvita, Jennifer Antkowiak, Orion Barnes, Dan Bolton, Joshua Bradley
  • Directors: David Padrusch
  • Writers: David Padrusch, Matt Koed
  • Producers: David Padrusch, Matt Koed
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA2TTW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,038 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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  • Bonus documentaries; "Images of the Civil War," "Tales of the Gun: Guns of the Civil War"

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According to the history books the Civil War officially ended in 1865 with the surrender of General Robert E. Lee and his Confederate army. But on the streets of a newly reunited nation another fierce battle was only just beginning. In 1866 the year immediately following the end of the war America was supposed to be reuniting healing its wounds and moving past years of civil unrest. However a closer look into this historic time reveals a sinister snapshot of a discordant nation caught in the midst of deadly race riots and angry insurgencies. In this compelling program THE HISTORY CHANNEL-® examines the disturbing reality behind the murder terrorism and chaos that marked the uncertain period of Reconstruction in America. While a new government struggled to gain control the subjugation of "free" black men and women continued in the former Confederate states; terrorist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan were formed; and widespread riots in Memphis and New Orleans left hundreds dead. AFTERSHOCK: BEYOND THE CIVIL WAR provides a revealing look into the true horror of the Civil War aftermath-a story which until now has gone largely untold. DVD Features: Bonus Documentaries "Images of the Civil War" and "Tales of the Gun: Guns of the Civil War"

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It is definitely not for the faint of heart, because it depicts a woman and her children being whipped and uses accurate historical profanity.
Carrie Nunn
Being a History Buff of the Civil War period, naturally Reconstruction also has it's appeal to me.
William C. Allen

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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful By B. S. Hobson on September 11, 2007
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With societies, as with individuals, it is often much easier for us to examine the mistakes of others than it is to take an honest look at our own. In both cases, however, honest examination is essential to making genuine progress. Aftershock succeeds in providing us with details on a topic of which most Gone-With-the-Wind-watching Americans are unaware: the atrocious violence and frequent chaos that followed Lee's surrender.

Anyone who has actually studied slavery and the slave trade as they existed in America (as opposed to simply treating them as unavoidable footnotes in U.S. history) is well-aware that it is difficult to fathom the cost of those institutions in human life, considering the shortened life spans, high morbidity rates, high infant mortality rates, etc., of those affected. On the other hand, we are aware of the literally millions who perished (some through intentional killings) in the Middle Passage and the 620 thousand Americans who died in the Civil War.

With all of the above in mind, we might be tempted to minimize the significance of the bloodshed that occurred during the Reconstruction era and the entire century of strife that followed the war; Aftershock, however, does an outstanding job of illustrating the former. This film tells the stories of a variety of individuals and organizations, including the Arkansas National Guard; ex-Confederate soldiers; state officials; African American troops; displaced Southern civilians; and one of our nation's oldest homegrown terrorist groups, the Ku Klux Klan. It also devotes a few (though not enough) moments to the often overlooked role of Native Americans in the post-war years. It even touches on the frustration that some government officials felt with Andrew Johnson's calamitous approach to the nation's troubles.

This is one of the few documentaries on the years immediately following the war that I would consider incorporating into a larger class project.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Gerald R. Hibbs on December 22, 2007
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This DVD from the history channel is well done. It highlights some of the outstanding events of reconstruction after the Civil War including the founding of the KKK. It makes the point grahphically that while the North won the Civil War, the South won the period of Reconstruction. It is essential to understand this period of time in order to understand subsequent American History.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Nunn on June 13, 2009
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Aftershock: Beyond the Civil War depicts a very harsh, tense, and bloody reality in America after the South surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse. It covers the rise and decline of the Ku Klux Klan in some detail, as well as the massacre in New Orleans. I showed it to inner-city Middle school students as part of our unit on the Reconstruction. It is definitely not for the faint of heart, because it depicts a woman and her children being whipped and uses accurate historical profanity. It is a rough movie, but so is American history during this time period.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William C. Allen on September 11, 2008
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Being a History Buff of the Civil War period, naturally Reconstruction also has it's appeal to me. I never learned much about either in school. All I was taught, there was a war, these were the sides, this is who did what, the US wins the end. Then Reconstruction was always giving you the impression of great change. Actually both were horrors in themselves. Which was worse? Can you honestly answer that question?

This was the first real insight I had into Reconstruction. I would seek out other documentaries, I haven't yet tarted reading into this yet, and would get a better idea of it that way. I would recommend anyone interested in this period, or simply curious to watch this. It made you think, that the war wasn't entirely as you were likely lead to believe. This documentary was constructed in the History Channels new way of making their documentaries, which are more like Docu-Drama's which to me make it easier to "understand".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tejana on May 20, 2010
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One of the best documentaries on the Reconstruction. Too often books, movies and even classes focus just on the Civil War and then throw the Reconstruction into a halfarsed epilogue. This DVD brilliantly flushes out what happened for all segments of society in the South: newly freed Blacks, landowning Whites, poor Whites and (thankfully!) Native Americans. Finally someone got it right. The Reconstruction was as bloody as the war itself, both Northerns and Southerns were guility and everyone was involved.

For what its worth, this DVD includes two Bonus Programs: Images of the Civil War and Guns of the Civil War - the bonus programs are 45 minutes each. The Guns of the Civil War is the only one worthwhile.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MISTER SJEM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 12, 2011
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A fairly nice overview of the Reconstruction Period after the American Civil War. Old Hollywood films focused on the poor South after the war and how the carpetbaggers took advantage of them. This focuses on some of the bad people who tried to keep White Supremacy lingering after they lost the war. Interesting focuses on the Massacre of New Orleans, the land given to the freed slaves and, of course, the Klu Klux Klan. There are some extreme bouts of violence for a Historical piece so I'd watch it with the kids. In addition, some will argue that this piece paints the CSA in too much of a negative light. HISTORICAL ACCURACY: B to B plus; NARRATION FOCUS: B; MY GRADE: B; WHEN WATCHED: yesterday.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig R. Keogh on June 21, 2013
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The content clearly exposes the violence of the Reconstruction period and shows how, in some peoples words, the "South lost the War, but won the peace." The result was a long period of racial oppression that lasted too far into the future.
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