An Interview with Ric Burns

Our interview with Ric Burns, director of the new PBS documentary “Death and the Civil War.” Based on Drew Gilpin Faust’s “This Republic of Suffering,” Burns details the documentary, his experience working with Drew Faust, and the challenges and rewards the project posed to him as a filmmaker. “Death and the Civil War” premiers on Tuesday September 18th at 8 P.M. Eastern on PBS.

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Why did soldiers and civilians during the Civil War commit suicide?