Ask noted filmmaker and documentarian Ken Burns why the American Civil War still matters nearly 150 years after it started and he'll tell you it's the single event in U.S. history which matters most -- and in some ways is still playing out today.
"More traumatic than 9/11 by far," Burns said of the Civil War at the opening of a groundbreaking exhibit commemorating its sesquicentennial at the National Archives. "This is the searing event in our nation. Nothing comes close."
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