Winner 1990

The Civil War

WETA-TV, Florentine Films

The history of television is marked by several Watershed events: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Roots, for example. The Civil War now takes its place with those broadcasts as a television event which forever changed the medium. A labor of love by Ken Burns, marked by important contributions by co-producer Ric Burns and a team of researchers, The Civil War brought America’s bloodiest and most bitter conflict vividly to life. Each scene, indeed each frame, is marked by a sensitivity to detail and dedication to historical accuracy never before seen on television. Moreover, the war is revisited in personal terms through the diaries of the participants, read by leading current figures in arts and letters. The result is an unforgettable series of inestimable historical importance, one worthy of a Peabody Award.


Executive Producer: Ken Burns. Producer: Ric Burns. Director: Ken Burns. Writers: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns, Ken Burns.