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Abraham and Mary Lincoln, A House Divided: American Experience

Shattered (3 of 6) (#103)

The Lincolns arrive in Washington with Abraham's ability to lead in question. [59 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: Elected president only to see the nation fracture in two, Abraham Lincoln led a confused and frightened people through the most terrible war in their history. At the same time, his own household mirrored the fissures that rent the nation: the great emancipator was married to the daughter of a slave owner from Kentucky. Mary Todd Lincoln was an aristocratic southerner who met Lincoln when he was still a backwoods politician lacking in experience and sophistication. Although she remained fiercely loyal to her husband and the Union cause, two of her brothers fought for the South. Their marriage was long and turbulent, and knew many trials, including the loss of two children. This series weaves together the lives of the two Lincolns drawing us into their long-vanished world.

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  • Ambition (1 of 6) (#101)

    The story of the Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln's childhoods and their courtship is told. [56 minutes]

  • We Are Elected (2 of 6) (#102)

    Sheds light on the Lincoln marriage during Abraham's time in Congress and his run for president. [59 minutes]

  • The Dearest of All Things (4 of 6) (#104)

    Mary struggles with personal grief, as Abraham Lincoln becomes consumed with the nation's tragedy. [56 minutes]

  • The Frightful War (5 of 6) (#105)

    While criticism of Abraham Lincoln increases during the Civil War, Mary Lincoln plunges into debt. [58 minutes]

  • Blind with Weeping (6 of 6) (#106)

    Focuses on the battle of Gettysburg, the surrender at Appomattox and Lincoln's assassination. [57 minutes]

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