North and South

TitleNorth and South
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1985
AuthorsHeyes, Douglas
Series TitleNorth and South
Running Time1h 30min each
Date Released11/1985-03/1994
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

North and South is the title of three American television miniseries broadcast on the ABC network in 1985, 1986, and 1994. Set before, during, and immediately after the American Civil War (1861-1865), they are based on the 1980s trilogy of novels North and South by John Jakes. The saga tells the story of the enduring friendship between Orry Main of South Carolina (Patrick Swayze) and George Hazard of Pennsylvania (James Read), who become best friends while attending the United States Military Academy at West Point but later find themselves and their families on opposite sides of the war. The slave-owning Mains are rural planters from outside Charleston, while the Hazards, who resided in a small Pennsylvania mill town, profit from ownership of iron manufacturing and industry capital. Their differences reflect the divisions between North and South that eventually led to the Civil War. 

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