Ken Burn’s Civil War, Episode 1: The Cause

Ken Burn's epic documentary miniseries The Civil War, broadcast in 1990, was the most-watched PBS program ever. A question sheet helps viewers keep track of events in the first episode of the documentary.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Episode I has a running time of 1:40; consider showing the video over two days and pausing occasionally to permit viewers to respond to the 38 questions on the guide
Classroom Considerations
  • Based on Ken Burn's nine-episode documentary mini-series on the American Civil War
  • The mini-series is available for purchase or with a Netflix subscription
  • Requires individual copies of the two-page questions sheet
  • The questions are listed in the order events occur in the film
  • No answer key is provided for the 38 questions