The Michigan Experience: The American Civil War Years will begin airing on every PBS station in Michigan this month, November. Local airdates can be found here: MICW on TV Tonite finds yours truly at the Michigan Historical Center premiere -- the promo materials certainly whet the appetite:
"As the Civil War constitutes a grave and pivotal point not only in our national history but that of Michigan as well, the story of Michigan's involvement is a story that needs and merits greater exploration and understanding. This documentary series will examine Michigan's role in the Civil War and provide a better understanding of the significant role and impact that Michigan's involvement had. Michigan sent 90,000 men to fight in the Civil War including specialized regiments of sharpshooters and engineers, and more cavalry per capita than any other northern state. At least 68 Michigan soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry on the battlefield during the Civil War. Michigan mines produced tons of iron ore used to make cannon, iron clad ships and rails in support of the Union. Michigan supplied horses, ambulances, lumber, agriculture and was a major contributing factor in the Civil War victory."
|Presenting Station WKAR TV - Kent Wieland, Station Manager|
Rodney Brown is producer/director. He has a master's degree in American Culture from the Rackham School of the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Stanford University. He is an award winning filmmaker and former senior executive producer at WFUM-PBS.
(Also, the Library of Congress has selected the website for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War Sesquicentennial.)