Ken Burns: “The use of the Dixie flag is not some heritage thing; it’s about resistance to civil rights”


Renowned documentarian Ken Burns joined Downtown on Tuesday afternoon to talk about the 25th anniversary of his series on the Civil War. Burns discussed why he feels some people view the Civil War today as more than just a war about slavery. He also talked about how to best honor the soldiers who fought for the South, detailed the origins of the Confederate flag, and explained how Joshua Chamberlain was the major influence on his creation of the Civil War series. Burns also shared information on his next project, the story of ground-breaking baseball player Jackie Robinson.

The re-mastered documentary series on the Civil War will be on PBS starting September 7th.