Direct quote: “what began as a bitter dispute over union and states’ rights..."
At 9 min in, the saving grace of the film, Barbara Fields, actually seems to throw shade on the heavy military focus of the doc itself,
Fields says the Civil War was caused by SLAVERY.
But Foote has the final word: was caused by the "failure to compromise."
They were doing so since the 1850 Compromise, w militias & vigilance committees & minute men organizations working in tandem with slave patrols...
And nothing is said about it. #WhyWeNeedaNewCivilWarDocumentary
Starts in SC. But why? Bc older slave states like SC & GA were losing enslaved laborers to SW states like MS & TX. Simultaneously,
Many also believed in "slavery in the abstract"-that ALL common laborers shd be "unfree," regardless of race.
One hour in before Native Americans mentioned – as “Cherokee Lincoln Killers”
Then LOTS of military history strung together by quotes, w occasional Foote quotes.
Only a handful of women even *mentioned* in the entire episode; mainly Mary Chesnut (slaveholder).
30% casualties in several battles. Men wanting to go home. Uses Elisha Hunt Rhodes (USA) & Sam Watkins (CSA) as examples of "common soldiers."
New US Sec. of War Stanton: pushed for a lot of action in VA w McClellan; then Lincoln's son Willie died; pivots to CSA - no Navy - building the Merrimack (VA) ironclad war ship.
To give some context, that's one minute more than the entire time spent discussing slavery thus far.