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Bill Moyers Journal | Sam Waterson: Lincoln's Legend & Legacy | PBS

Duration: 51:52 (Full Program)
Program: Bill Moyers Journal #1252
Broadcast Date: Apr. 10, 2009

Assassinated on Good Friday as the Civil War was coming to a close, Abraham Lincoln was transformed from man to martyr and myth. A special performance edition of BILL MOYERS JOURNAL celebrates Lincoln's profound legacy in his bicentennial year. Acclaimed actor Sam Waterston and historian Harold Holzer share poetry and prose by great American writers — Frederick Douglas, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsburg, Langston Hughes and Herman Melville. Responding to the arc of ideas, language and history in this performance piece, Moyers says, "Lincoln changes as we hear these words, and so does the country."

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Post Date: June 10, 2009