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Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, September 18:
September 17, 1862 -- 150 years ago Monday -- was the bloodiest day in American history. On that day during the Civil War, the Battle of Antietam was fought near Sharpsburg, Maryland. The Union and Confederate forces suffered some 23,000 casualties, including 3,600 killed.
Antietam didn't give either side a decided edge miltarily, but it did have a longlasting impact, especially in how the nation viewed death.
In conjunction with the Antietam anniversary, American Experience premieres, Death and the Civil War Tuesday night at 9 on PBS and WITF-TV (view a trailer of the fim here) . The film explores how the staggering and unpredented casualties caused death to enter the American psyche and permanently alter the character of the republic and the role of government.
Appearing on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss Antietam, death and the Civil War and the film is historian Dr. Mark Schantz of Birmingham Southern University. Dr. Schantz contributed to the film.
Also, as part of witf' Facing Cancer Together initiative, we'll examine awareness of men's prostate health.
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