Few know American history as well as the documentary maker
Ken Burns is a documentary maker known for his films on American history. Jazz, baseball, The Roosevelts, prohibition and the Vietnam war have all been subjects that he has taken on in the last thirty years.
Arguably his most famous film is 1990’s The Civil War. Considered groundbreaking at the time, it was watched by more than 39 million Americans. It received countless awards.
Burns says that the present day is one of the worst times in American history: “It’s really serious. There are three great crises before this: the Civil War, the Depression, and World War II. This is equal to it.”
He made the comment while on the “SmartLess” podcast, hosted by Sean Hayes, Jason Bateman, and Will Arnett, comparing America in 2021 with the Civil War, the Depression, and World War II.
Burns went on to quote a speech made by Abraham Lincoln:
“We’re looking right down the muzzle of that gun,” Burns added.