Slavery outlawed, the southern economy crippled and dreams of a separate Confederacy crushed, American society changed dramatically after the Civil War.
In the South, more than half the farm machinery was gone; much of it had been cannibalized to make badly needed weapons.
On the plantations, the slave laborers at the foundation of the economy and lifestyle were permitted to leave the fields.
In addition, this patriarchal society was reeling from the war-loss of about a quarter of all able-bodied, white men.
The DVD includes interviews with General Robert E. Lee and the Ku Klux Klan. In addition, Letitia M. Burwell & Louisa S. McCord discuss the position women held in Antebellum society. Viewers will discover what slavery left behind in the hearts, thoughts and writings of the people.
Volume 8 addresses what happened after the Civil War and the impact the abolition of slavery had on the lives of real people.
WARNING: Some scenes may be disturbing to the viewers as either the subject matter, personalities, or their spoken language may be offensive in the 21st century. Teachers be advised.