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The Civil War is an historical documentary written by Geoffrey Ward and Ric Burns and directedby Ken Burns. The documentary was inspired by the civil war and depicts the tragic events of thebloodiest war that engulfed America during mid-19th century. The nine episodes takes viewers through the chronicles of the events that prevailed during the Civil War, right from the causes that saw the birth of a modern warfare, Lincoln's relentless urge to save the union and free the slaves to Lincoln's assassination and Lee's surrender to Appomattox.Even though Burns' documentary, The Civil War helped individuals understand a very important event in American history, the film had some inaccuracies. For instance, Burns confuses the date in which Lincoln was assassinated with the date that Franklin Roosevelt died. Burns mentions that Lincoln died on 12th April yet the visionary leader was assassinated on 15th April. The film also points out that the south never had the chance to join the Union, and this is wrong according to historians. The Southern Confederate States of America made the decision to leave the Union in 1860 in order to support slavery which was what facilitated industrialization and farming hence economic prosperity in the South. The South did not agree with the abolitionists, northern states which were against the institution of slavery.The film offered so much insights on the Civil War and its causes. Many historians identify that slavery was the primary cause of Civil War but lack a strong narrative arc to provide more layered and sophisticated information about the reasons as to why slavery was strongly condemned and led to the war. Burns consulted Confederate and Marxist historians as well as