Looking For Lincoln

Produced and Directed by: John Maggio and Muriel Soenens
Senior Producer: Barak Goodman
Edited by: R.A. Fedde
Associate Producers: Konstantinos Kambouroglou and Ben Robbins
Camera: Stephen McCarthy
Original Music: Joel Goodman

Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. travels the country in search of the "real" Abraham Lincoln in this ground breaking two hour television special. The film shows how the Lincoln legend grew out of controversy, greed, love, clashing political perspectives, power struggles, and considerable disagreement over how our 16th president should be remembered. Gates' quest to piece together Lincoln's complex life takes him from Illinois to Gettysburg to Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles and beyond and face-to-face with people who live with Lincoln every day – relic hunters, re-enactors, and other surprising guests for whom the study of Lincoln is a passion. Public media provider WNET.ORG is playing a major role in the nationwide Lincoln Bicentennial celebration in 2009 with LOOKING FOR LINCOLN, an unprecedented two-hour broadcast, online, and outreach project that explores the life and legacy of the man widely considered one of our best and most enigmatic presidents. The documentary, presented and written by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.(African American Lives, Oprah's Roots), addresses many of the controversies surrounding Lincoln – race, equality, religion, politics, and depression – by carefully interpreting evidence from those who knew him and those who study him today. Among those weighing in: Pulitzer Prize winners Doris Kearns Goodwin and Tony Kushner; presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; and Lincoln scholars including Harold Holzer, vice chair of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission; Harvard University's president Drew Faust and history professor David Hebert Donald; Yale University history professor David Blight; and Allen Guelzo of Gettysburg College. Former Ebony magazine editor Lerone Bennett challenges Lincoln's record on race; writer Joshua Shenk talks about Lincoln's depression; and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik illuminates how Lincoln's words changed the course of history.

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