More about the film Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Elected President only to see the nation fracture in two, 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 split 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. Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided weaves together the lives of the two Lincolns, drawing us into their long-vanished world.
A synopsis of the film, plus film credits.
Behind the Scenes
Producer David Grubin and cinematographer James Callanan on making the film.
The six-hour program transcript.
Letters and first-hand accounts from soldiers, nurses, abolitionists, and others from The Time of the Lincolns.
A list of related books, articles, and Web sites.
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