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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MDYMW8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,576 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The battles have been documented the generals lionized. We have seen the turning points and the sacrifices. Now let CIVIL WAR JOURNAL take you deeper into the personal stories. Join host Danny Glover as he takes you through diaries photographs and factual re-enactment. Finally a Civil War program that makes you feel the private and intimate side of the great conflict. This collection focusing on the earlier years of the war offers the following four full-length episodes: JOHN BROWN'S WAR: He was a radical abolitionist with the fanatical plan of freeing Southern slaves through armed insurrection. His raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry shattered any hope of unity in an already fragmented nation. DESTINY AT FORT SUMTER: No lives were lost in the very first military engagement of the Civil War. Yet from the South's modest attack came a conflict that would engulf the entire nation. THE BATTLE OF 1ST BULL RUN: The first major battle of the Civil War was a stunning victor

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The episodes are very well written, unfold with quite a bit of drama, and contain a surprising number of interesting little-known facts (at least they were new to me).
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For the casual historian and civil war person, like myself, it was worth watching and was a good refresher course.
Rhett D. Sorensen

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Todd on August 9, 2001
Format: DVD
The History Channel's "Civil War Journal - The Conflict Begins" is a collection of four episodes detailing some of the significant events prior to and during the early days of the American civil war.
Each episode is 43 minutes in length and is a self-contained documentary focusing on one particular subject, person, or group. Each episode provides a very nice summary of the event and/or people involved and the corresponding effect on the overall war. Although the episodes are arranged in chronological order, they can stand independently and can be watched in any order without affecting your understanding of the material.
Danny Glover lends his voice as the narrator of all four episodes and keeps the story flowing. (He really can't pronounce the word "Massachusetts," though, which is a little grating on the nerves during what was otherwise my favorite episode - the one titled "The 54th Massachusetts.") Comments are liberally provided from various historians, particularly the well-known William C. Davis, author of the recently released "An Honorable Defeat: The Last Days of the Confederate Government."
Having recently become interested in civil war history, I bought this DVD set hoping it would be a useful and quick refresher course that would provide a general background into the major events of the war. Definitely not disappointed, I constantly found myself realizing that not only was the series a good refresher, it actually was quite entertaining. The episodes are very well written, unfold with quite a bit of drama, and contain a surprising number of interesting little-known facts (at least they were new to me).
I'm looking forward to further releases of the "Civil War Journal" series and will certainly add them to my library.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hancock on December 21, 2005
Format: DVD
The Civil War was the conflict that transformed our divided country into a nation. The beginnings of America's bloodiest war are explored with "Civil War Journal: The Conflict Begins," which collects four epiodes of the acclaimed documentary series.

The first episode in the set deals with John Brown and his raid on Harper's Ferry, which is believed by many historians to be one of the key incidents that lead directly to the war. Although well put together like the other episodes, this one seems to excuse the brutality of Brown, and cast him in a light of martyrdom, when he was really a madman.

The other three documentaries though are a real treasure. The battles of Fort Sumter and 1st Manassas are given overviews that are moving and accurate. While not entirely connected with the beginnings of the war, the documentary on the 54th Massachusettes Volunteer Infantry, the first all-black regiment in the Union army, is equally impressive.

Despite the weak first documentary, this DVD set is a good primer for those who are studying the Civil War, as well as a good refresher course for others.

Grade: B+
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Fruit Loop VINE VOICE on August 30, 2004
Format: DVD
Far and above other purported documentaries, including Burn's "The Civil War", this set examines the beginning of the war, the catalysts in the conflict and the motivations of the pivotal players. John Brown's raid, often ignored in studies of the Civil War, did indeed help set the stage for the inevitable split between the states. Madman to the south, martyr to the north, he helped ignite simmering differences into a firestorm. THe history of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry is also covered much better than the longer but Hollywoodized "Glory." Beautifully narrated by Danny Glover, this collection is a must for serious historians, reenactors, students of the Civil War, and fans of the tv series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rhett D. Sorensen on October 9, 2007
Format: DVD
The first disc includes John Brown and his assault on Harpers Ferry. It was pretty good, but did lack some detail such as his financial backers, "The Secret Six". Still, it was pretty good and pretty engaging. The second episode on the first disc was on Fort Sumter and the Conferderacies first strike. Again, it was a solid representation and had good info, but not ground breaking by any means.
The second disc had covered The battle of Manasses, AKA Bull Run. A solid episode, fin and had enough of the basic info and covered some lesser known aspects as well. The last episode was on the 54th Massachusetts and the black regiment that led the assault on Fort Wagner. It was more historically acurate than "Glory" but not nearly as fun. Still, I enjoyed it, but it made me want to watch "Glory" when it was over.
All in all it was a solid production. Nothing earth shattering, and may be boring if you are really serious about the civil war. For the casual historian and civil war person, like myself, it was worth watching and was a good refresher course. It had enough info that I don't yet feel the need to reread "Battle Cry of Freedom" or Leckies Civil War book. If you are a Civil War beginner then this is perfect and will give you a solid basis for furhter studies.
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This is one of the finest examples of the history of the Civil War. If you want history in action, this is a must!
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