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indepth documentary and essential viewing
on 16 September 2013
A terrifically indepth biographical account of this amazing man who abolished slavery in a time of unsettled political and religious upsurge of an emerging united states. The narrator allows the viewer to form their own moral judgments of this renowned political leader as he explores some of the major influences that shaped Lincoln's view of his immediate world, and his own participation within it. There are considerate pauses in the narrator's commentary that invite the viewer to examine and reflect upon the vast array of information that he provides, so although it is a lengthy biographical journey, goes at a pace the viewer can keep up with.
Stunning scenic props and old/new Virginian landscape are featured in the documentary, as well as archive photographs and sketches of his native British relatives and his own wife and children. To understand anything about American history, then this documentary makes for essential viewing material, whether you are a general inquirer of the past or not. Preserving the union goes a lot further out than just what this great man tried to achieve for the sake of democracy, it delves deep into the crevices of his judicial background and the sweat and tremors of divided social and political support for the abolition of slavery in addition.