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World War II: Pacific (#103)

Japan, small in geography but giant in ambition, launches its conquest of Asia in the 1930s, until the Pearl Harbor attack on the U.S. drags American and Asian continents in World War II, making it a true global conflagration. [15 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Talking Maps offers a unique and clear overview, from beginning to the end, of the most significant wars in U.S. and World History within the proper geographical location.

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  • Civil War: Ft. Sumter to Antietam (#104)

    Forty-five days after Lincoln's election, south Carolina secedes from the Union. In less than a month, 6 more states secede and the Confederate States of America is founded. On April 12, 1861, the southern batteries shell Ft. Sumter, beginning the Civil War. Losses at Ft. Sumter and Manassas worry the North until General Grant turns the tide at Ft. Donelson. Their major battles were at Shiloh to Antietem. [16 minutes]

  • Civil War: Gettysburg to Appomattox (#105)

    Union assaults repulsed at Fredericksburg. Tragedy at Chancellorsville. The unplanned, unexpected epic Battle of Gettysburg -- which turns the tide of war. After a long, agonizing siege, victory at Vicksburg. The heroism of the all African-American 54th Massachusetts Regiment in the attack on Fort Wager in South Carolina. Blind, ruthless man-to-man fighting in the Battle of the Wilderness. Petersburg besieged. The quiet, dignified surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. A nation bleeding, but preserved. [18 minutes]

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