Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Great Historian Shelby Foote

It is such a joy to listen to Shelby Foote. There are few who knew more about the Civil War, and no one who could present it in a more compelling fashion than Shelby Foote.

Foote, an American novelist and noted historian of the Civil War, has geographic and cultural roots in the Mississippi Delta. He was born November 17, 1917 in Greenville, Mississippi and moved to Memphis in 1952. Foote is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Foote wrote a comprehensive three volume 3000-page Civil War history entitled, "The Civil War: A Narrative." In the late 1980s, Ken Burns used Foote to narrate much of his documentary, "The Civil War." Foote's deep southern drawl, and what seemed like his first hand accounts, made Foote and the documentary a tremendous hit.

Ken Burns also used Foote in his documentary "Baseball." Foote gave an account of his meeting with legendary Babe Ruth.

Above is a taste of Shelby Foote at his best, giving amazing, up close and seemingly personal , accounts of the Civil War. Foote died June 27, 2005 at age 88 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis.

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