Ten episodes from David Reynolds' award-winning radio series, which trace the history of the American Civil War. This narrative tells the story of the American Civil War through the voices of those who lived it. Written and presented by acclaimed historian David Reynolds, these extracts come from the series 'America: Empire of Liberty', which won the Voice of the Listener & Viewer Award for the Best New Radio Programme and was nominated for a Sony Radio Academy Award.
The 10 episodes included are:
this is a great summary of the American Civil War and reconstruction given by the BBC's dispassionate third-party View
The story sets out to tell the history of the civil war in the context of today and the people it affected. Like many wars it starts with great hope and a cause but events turn out differently in hindsight. If you know little of the civil war this will inform you of the history and consequences of that conflict.
If you could sum up The American Civil War in three words, what would they be?
concise, pertinent, useful
What was one of the most memorable moments of The American Civil War?
I can see why some American friends have the allegiances they do
What does David Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
voice accent, the voice of the young