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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
SUBJECTS — U.S./1812 - 1865; Biography;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Families in Crisis; Marriage; Grieving;
Leadership; Father/Daughter; Mother/Son; Romantic Relationships;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect; Responsibility; Fairness.
Age: 10+; Not Rated; Documentary; 2001; Three video cassettes approx. 120 minutes each; Color;
This PBS documentary describes the life of Abraham Lincoln and Mary, his wife, from birth to death. The films are suitable for those who know little about Abraham and Mary Lincoln and also for those who are fairly knowledgeable about our 16th President and his wife.
Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided is not limited to political events and the history of the period but also presents information about the background, personalities, and family life of Mary and Abraham Lincoln. It provides a rounded picture of this famous and star-crossed couple.
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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided delves deeply into the personal lives of President Lincoln and his Frist Lady. In the process it teaches much about their time and the history of the Civil War. The TWM Learning Guide will provide information helpful in developing a lesson plan for this movie.
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One of the many strengths of this series is the description of the development of Lincoln's attitude toward African-Americans and the parallel change in his reasons for fighting the Civil War. At the beginning, for Lincoln and most of the North, the war was about preserving the Union. Lincoln, while he hated slavery, had pledged during his first election campaign to permit the South to keep its "peculiar institution." When he swore his oath as President, he swore to uphold the constitution, which at the time had been interpreted by the Supreme Court as protecting the property rights of slave holders. Even after the South seceded, Lincoln did not challenge the existence of slavery. Out of political necessity, he assured the slave holders in the border states that they would not lose their slaves if they remained in the Union. In the early period of his presidency, Lincoln proposed returning freed slaves to Africa.
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