Foote Notes


This fall, PBS will air a series by the acclaimed Ken Burns on World War II. Which got us reflecting on the epic Civil War documentary by the same filmmaker, first aired in 1990. Memphis’ own Shelby Foote, of course, became the star of that series, earning as much fame for his on-screen reflections as he did for the three-volume Civil War narrative he spent the prime years of his life writing. Now just over a year since Foote’s death, we consider his life — and his reflections — well worth remembering. Read this comprehensive interview with Foote — conducted shortly after his 1999 induction into Washington’s Academy of Achievement.

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