The documentary series crafted by Ken Burns following the Civil War is a staple of binge watching, high school classrooms, and PBS reruns. The compilation of the antiquated photos, military marching themes, and individual stories that come together to create a visual representation of America’s first and only conflict within itself. Largely regarded as one of the best historical documentary makers, Ken Burns is notable for setting the standard for the television documentary genre, as well as for the “Ken Burns Effect.” This film making staple is a simple panning shot over still photos, coupled with music or individual commentary to bring the photo to life and evoke certain emotions.
With nine episodes in the entire miniseries originally published for PBS, the hours-long experience through the Civil War combines music, firsthand accounts, and antiquated photos to build a sense of importance and awe, cherishing the rich history of American’s bloodiest chapter. In addition to enjoying the film, feel free to take part in a constructive study, with your Collegiate Lenses.
The Civil War Drinking Game Rules
Take a drink…
- Every time you’re treated to a monologue by Mary Chesnut, Elisha Hunt Rhodes, or George Templeton Strong
- Every time you hear Dixie, We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, or Battle Hymn of the Republic
- Any time General George McClellan either is overvalued by his peers or extremely disappointing
- Any time President Abraham Lincoln is roasted by anyone around him
- Whenever a southern general surprises Union expectations
- Any time Shelby Foote or Ed Bearss make appearances onscreen
- Any time a new subtitle comes on screen
Take this list as a suggestion, and drink responsibly. As always, enjoy the film.