School of Humanities to preview PBS Civil War documentary
The Citadel School of Humanities will host a special screening of the new PBS documentary series titled “Death and the Civil War,” which examines how the loss of life during the four-year struggle changed the physical and emotional landscape of the United States.
The documentary is based on a book written by Harvard University President Gilpin Faust, “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War.” The screening and discussion of “Death and the Civil War” is a free event and open to the public.
The series begins this fall on PBS. The screening will be at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in Bond Hall Room 165 at The Citadel is a unique opportunity for the college.
“The Citadel is very pleased to host the preview of this powerful documentary,” said Bo Moore, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and the emcee for the event. “It will give audiences a much better understanding of the unprecedented level of pain that the Civil War inflicted on Americans and the ways in which that pain gave rise to a different nation.”
The preview screening of extended clips from the film also includes a segment about Charleston’s involvement in the conflict. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Citadel History Professor Kyle S. Sinisi, two-time recipient of the James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award for excellence in the classroom, and by Richard W. Hatcher III, historian at the Fort Sumter National Monument.