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Aftershock: Beyond the Civil War [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Lydia Alvita , Jennifer Antkowiak , David Padrusch    DVD
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  • Actors: Lydia Alvita, Jennifer Antkowiak, Orion Barnes, Dan Bolton, Joshua Bradley
  • Directors: David Padrusch
  • Writers: David Padrusch, Matt Koed
  • Producers: David Padrusch, Matt Koed
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 April 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000NA2TTW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,757 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars I never knew 24 Dec 2013
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Having read "Confederates in the Attic" I thought that the feelings were limited to the real civil war buffs, but no it runs much deeper. OMG, a real eye opener even to this day it still is on the agenda.
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4.0 out of 5 stars H.S. History Teacher on Aftershock 11 Sep 2007
By B. S. Hobson - Published on
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With societies, as with individuals, it is often much easier for us to examine the mistakes of others than it is to take an honest look at our own. In both cases, however, honest examination is essential to making genuine progress. Aftershock succeeds in providing us with details on a topic of which most Gone-With-the-Wind-watching Americans are unaware: the atrocious violence and frequent chaos that followed Lee's surrender.

Anyone who has actually studied slavery and the slave trade as they existed in America (as opposed to simply treating them as unavoidable footnotes in U.S. history) is well-aware that it is difficult to fathom the cost of those institutions in human life, considering the shortened life spans, high morbidity rates, high infant mortality rates, etc., of those affected. On the other hand, we are aware of the literally millions who perished (some through intentional killings) in the Middle Passage and the 620 thousand Americans who died in the Civil War.

With all of the above in mind, we might be tempted to minimize the significance of the bloodshed that occurred during the Reconstruction era and the entire century of strife that followed the war; Aftershock, however, does an outstanding job of illustrating the former. This film tells the stories of a variety of individuals and organizations, including the Arkansas National Guard; ex-Confederate soldiers; state officials; African American troops; displaced Southern civilians; and one of our nation's oldest homegrown terrorist groups, the Ku Klux Klan. It also devotes a few (though not enough) moments to the often overlooked role of Native Americans in the post-war years. It even touches on the frustration that some government officials felt with Andrew Johnson's calamitous approach to the nation's troubles.

This is one of the few documentaries on the years immediately following the war that I would consider incorporating into a larger class project.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reconstruction reconsidered 23 Dec 2007
By Gerald R. Hibbs - Published on
This DVD from the history channel is well done. It highlights some of the outstanding events of reconstruction after the Civil War including the founding of the KKK. It makes the point grahphically that while the North won the Civil War, the South won the period of Reconstruction. It is essential to understand this period of time in order to understand subsequent American History.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Harsh, like the History 13 Jun 2009
By Carrie Nunn - Published on
Aftershock: Beyond the Civil War depicts a very harsh, tense, and bloody reality in America after the South surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse. It covers the rise and decline of the Ku Klux Klan in some detail, as well as the massacre in New Orleans. I showed it to inner-city Middle school students as part of our unit on the Reconstruction. It is definitely not for the faint of heart, because it depicts a woman and her children being whipped and uses accurate historical profanity. It is a rough movie, but so is American history during this time period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History Buff's Side 12 Sep 2008
By William C. Allen - Published on
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Being a History Buff of the Civil War period, naturally Reconstruction also has it's appeal to me. I never learned much about either in school. All I was taught, there was a war, these were the sides, this is who did what, the US wins the end. Then Reconstruction was always giving you the impression of great change. Actually both were horrors in themselves. Which was worse? Can you honestly answer that question?

This was the first real insight I had into Reconstruction. I would seek out other documentaries, I haven't yet tarted reading into this yet, and would get a better idea of it that way. I would recommend anyone interested in this period, or simply curious to watch this. It made you think, that the war wasn't entirely as you were likely lead to believe. This documentary was constructed in the History Channels new way of making their documentaries, which are more like Docu-Drama's which to me make it easier to "understand".
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 20 May 2010
By Tejana - Published on
One of the best documentaries on the Reconstruction. Too often books, movies and even classes focus just on the Civil War and then throw the Reconstruction into a halfarsed epilogue. This DVD brilliantly flushes out what happened for all segments of society in the South: newly freed Blacks, landowning Whites, poor Whites and (thankfully!) Native Americans. Finally someone got it right. The Reconstruction was as bloody as the war itself, both Northerns and Southerns were guility and everyone was involved.

For what its worth, this DVD includes two Bonus Programs: Images of the Civil War and Guns of the Civil War - the bonus programs are 45 minutes each. The Guns of the Civil War is the only one worthwhile.
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