Shelby Foote’s Greatest Hits

This is an incredibly helpful video that compiles all of Shelby Foote’s interviews from Ken Burns’s The Civil War.  I use The Civil War extensively in my elective courses on the Civil War and Civil War Memory.  It is still in my mind the best Civil War documentary available.

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  • Leonard Lanier Jun 6, 2010 @ 13:07

    Kevin, are you sure this is ALL of Foote’s commentary from The Civil War? If this video is accurate, it means that in a ten-hour documentary, he is on the screen for less than ten minutes. Just seems odd, considering that so many look to the series as contributing mightily to Foote’s lasting fame.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 6, 2010 @ 13:19


      Probably not. Shelby Foote made a total of 97 appearances throughout the documentary for a total of 7,683 words. You are free to watch the video again to verify. 😀

      • Leonard Lanier Jun 6, 2010 @ 13:29

        Thanks, but I’ll take your word for it. Where did you get those figures from anyway?

        • Kevin Levin Jun 6, 2010 @ 13:31

          They were compiled by Prof. Robert Kenzer of the University of Richmond. He was my thesis adviser and at some point we plan on building a website around the transcript of the series for teachers.

  • Nat Turners Son Jun 6, 2010 @ 12:20

    RIP Mr Foote was the Best I ever Read.

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