CSA: The Confederate States of America
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Top Customer Reviews
This was meant as a very biting satire of American culture, race, and slavery. It succeeds on that level. The only, and minor, complaint I have is that the low budget of this highly ambitious production occasionally spoils its "reality."
Also, some folks here presume this is some sort of Spike Lee production, which is not the case. Lee was asked to put his name on it as a "presented by" for marketing purposes, a seal of approval thing, much like Tarentino has his name on some Chinese action films. This piece is entirely Kevin Willmott's baby, he's a professor in the Film Studies Department of Kansas University.
Article I Section 9(4)
No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.
Article IV Section 2(1)
The citizens of each State shall be entitled to all the privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States; and shall have the right of transit and sojourn in any State of this Confederacy, with their slaves and other property; and the right of property in said slaves shall not be thereby impaired.
It also ensured the spread of slavery into new territories:
Article IV Section 3(3)
The Confederate States may acquire new territory; and Congress shall have power to legislate and provide governments for the inhabitants of all territory belonging to the Confederate States, lying without the limits of the several states; and may permit them, at such times, and in such manner as it may by law provide, to form states to be admitted into the Confederacy. In all such territory, the institution of negro slavery as it now exists in the Confederate States, shall be recognized and protected by Congress, and by the territorial government: and the inhabitants of the several Confederate States and Territories, shall have the right to take to such territory any slaves lawfully held by them in any of the states or territories of the Confederate states.
This proves that anyone who claims that the Civil War was not, at its core, about slavery, is a liar and a fraud.Read more ›
This movie takes the form of a British documentary, covering the evolution of the Confederate States of America after the South won. Slavery of course plays a huge part of the new nation and this is covered quite matter-of-factly throughout and I found myself amazed at how well some historical incidents were tweaked slightly to fit this narrative. The consequences of a slave-holding nation on the rest of the Americas was in particular explored, with some slightly different consequences for WW-I and WW-II as a result. I found myself quite riveted throughout and the time spent watching (it's only 89 minutes long) pretty much flew by. The production overall was solid and very much felt like a documentary might.
The primary reason I can't give this five stars is because, frankly, it focused on slavery a bit too MUCH. Yes that was a critical and important part of the Civil War, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more focus on the CSA's interaction with the rest of the world, scientific advancements, etc. While this is all touched upon throughout the focus keeps coming back to the impact of slavery with some interestingly different electorial outcomes towards the end.
Recommended for any fan of somewhat *different* alternate history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I tried 3 times to watch this movie. The movie was awful.. The director had a very poor understanding of history..Published 1 month ago by Arthur D. Carney
As a counter-history proposing confederate victory in the Civil War, it's brilliant satire on many levels. Read morePublished 2 months ago by michael myers
Wasn't at all what we expected. Commercials/ads were very racistPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nine Things About the Movie "C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America"
1. This movie is an "alternate history" of the United States and is one of the... Read more
Boring. I think it was supposed to be funny, but like that weird British humor type of funny. We stopped watching after 30 minutes. I want a refund. It was not worth $2.99.Published 7 months ago by Librarylois
A totally badly made video. The premise upon the disjointed unconnected period jumping collection of old photographs using a black narrator is without merit and contains no depth... Read morePublished 8 months ago by TJ-STL
Thoughtful, outrageous, then chilling and sobering. The dark distant corner potential of a society.Published 9 months ago by David C. Montgomery