Dr. Keri Leigh Merritt joins us to argue for a new documentary series about the US Civil War. It’s been nearly 30 years since PBS aired the famous series. We discuss the strengths and weaknesses of that classic series, as well as why PBS’s new series on Reconstruction might serve as a template for a new Civil War documentary. Dr. Merritt schools old Professor Buzzkill about the possibilities of new media and new media venues for dynamic historians. Listen and Learn!
PBS’s Reconstruction Series may be found on-line at: https://www.pbs.org/show/reconstruction-america-after-civil-war/
Professor Merritt’s website is: kerileighmerritt.com
Her article on a New Civil War Documentary in the Smithsonian Magazine, may be found at: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-we-need-new-civil-war-documentary-180971996/
Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns, and Ken Burns, The Civil War: An Illustrated History