THE PRESIDENT FROM ILLINOIS
He was born in a log cabin, taught himself to read, became
a lawyer, debated Stephen Douglass, and was elected President. He led
our country through a bloody Civil War, freed the slaves, reuinted North
and South and, at the height of his success, was assassinated. Abraham
Lincoln is an American legend. But how much do we really know about the
man behind the myth. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
debating Lincoln. We celebrate the 200th birthday of "Honest Abe"
with a fresh look at the man, the myth and what he means today.
Historian Orville Vernon Burton tells Jim Fleming
about the parallels between Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama. He thinks
the men and their times have a lot in common. Burton is the author of
"The Age of Lincoln." And we hear voxpops from visitors and
staff at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois.
We hear a montage of political advertising from the
presidential election of 1860. And, Doris Kearns Goodwin talks
with Jim Fleming about her best-selling biography, "Team of Rivals."
And we hear more voxpops about lessons President Obama might draw from
this aspect of President Lincoln's experience. Also, Harvard University
historian John Stauffer talks with Steve Paulson about whether
or not Lincoln was a racist. Stauffer is the author, most recently,
of "Giants: the Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham
Historian and president of Harvard University, Drew
Gilpin Faust tells Steve Paulson that Civil War deaths consumed
the entire nation with grief and transformed America in many ways. Her
book is called "The Republic of Suffering." Also, Sarah
Vowell is obsessed by presidential assassinations. She tells Steve
Paulson about her road trip to explore the mysterious "Dr. Mud,"
the surgeon who treated Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Maybe
he was in on it?
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 09-02-08-A.
Books & CDs:
|Orville Vernon Burton, The
Age of Lincoln (Hill & Wang)
|Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team
of Rivals (Simon & Schuster)
|John Stauffer, Giants: the
Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (Twelve)
| Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic
of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Knopf)
|Sarah Vowell, Assassination
Vacation (Simon & Schuster)
- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in
- -Chris Vallillo, Battle
Cry of Freedom, on the CD Abraham Lincoln in Song.
(Gin Ridge Music, BMI 2007)
-Jim Taylor, McClanahans March,
on the CD The Civil War Collection: Selections from The Falls
of Richmond and Little Rose is Gone. (Pearl Mae Music)
-Jim Taylor, Rebel Raid/Abes Retreat
on The Civil War Collection.
-Richie Havens, Follow the Drinking Gourd,
on the anthology Songs of the Civil War, produced by Jim
Brown, Ken Burns and Don DeVito. (Columbia 1991 Sony Music)
- Jay Ungar and Molly Mason with Fiddle Fever, Marching
Through Georgia, on Songs of the Civil War.
-Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Ashokan Farewell,
on Songs of the Civil War.
-Norman Blake and Tony Rice, Lincolns
Funeral Train, on Norman Blake and Tony Rice: 2
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