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Looking for Lincoln | All Things Lincoln

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In this video segment, from the PBS documentary Looking for Lincoln, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. visits the Lincoln Museum to see the iconic “stove pipe” hat firsthand. He then travels to Beverly Hills for a tour of the world’s largest private collection of Lincoln-related artifacts.

Looking for Lincoln | Abraham Lincoln, Attorney at Law

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In this video segment, from the PBS documentay Looking for Lincoln, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin examine Lincoln's years as a "prairie" lawyer on the Illinois circuit, and discuss how they honed and polished Lincoln's confidence, sense of fairness, and social skills.

Ben Hall of Sapelo Island

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This video segment from Egg: the arts show presents a glimpse of the last island-based Gullah/Geechee community located on Sapelo Island. The original Gullah/Geechee people were slaves. When slavery was abolished, the island was abandoned to the slaves. Ben Hall of the Sapelo Island Cultural and Revitalization Society speaks of his pride for the island and community. We learn the island is made up of some of the most valuable real estate in America, but its inhabitants have resisted the sort of development that has captured the other coastal islands off the shores of Georgia and South Carolina. For more about Sapelo Island, see "Ronald Johnson of Sapelo Island" and "Frankie Quimby of Sapelo Island."

Ronald Johnson of Sapelo Island

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This video segment from Egg: The Arts Show presents a glimpse of the last island-based Gullah/Geechee community located on Sapelo Island.The original Gullah/Geechee people were slaves. When slavery was abolished, the island was abandoned to the slaves. Ronald Johnson of the Sapelo Island Cultural and Revitalization Society speaks of his pride for the island community and the importance of preserving the Gullah/Geechee culture. A festival is held each year to bring people to the island to learn about the culture and foster interest in preserving the culture. For more about Sapelo Island, see "Ben Hall of Sapelo Island" and "Frankie Quimby of Sapelo Island".

City Horses Part I

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When you think of horses you don’t usually think of the city, but in this segment from Wild TV, Carolyne DeGrammont tells us about the Cedar Lane Stables in Queens, one of the five boroughs of New York City. People with different levels of skills with horses as well as people from all disciplines and backgrounds come to the stables. For Carolyne, going to the stables helps her find relief from the stresses of her fast-paced day. She can forget all of her troubles and feel happy. The atmosphere helps her feel connected to nature, too.

Hiawatha | Weston Woods

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This Weston Woods segment is from the book Hiawatha, illustrated by Susan Jeffers, based upon Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem, "The Song of Hiawatha." Longfellow's poem was published in 1855. An epic poem is a lengthy narrative that includes heroic deeds that had a great impact on a culture. In this case, the poem is about the stories of many Native American Indian tribes, especially the Ojibway Indians of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This video segment is about a Native American named Hiawatha and his grandmother, Nokomis. As a young boy, Hiawatha learns about all the animals in the forest.

The Healing Totem

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In this New York Voices segment, the Lummi Nation of Washington State makes a gift of a commemorative totem pole for the children and families who lost loved ones at the World Trade Center buildings on September 11, 2001. The pole symbolizes the prayers of the Lummi Nation for the healing of the families left behind. It was erected in the Sterling Forest, not far from Ground Zero (where the Twin Towers once stood).

Looking for Lincoln | The Road to Emancipation

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In this video segment, from the PBS documentary Looking for Lincoln, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and historian David Blight examine President Abraham Lincoln’s mixed motivations for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. They conclude that while Lincoln ultimately recognized the moral righteousness freeing the slaves, his first and primary concern was strategic: it was the best way to rally the North and strike at the heart of the South’s economy. Gates and Blight then join a roundtable discussion of Lincoln scholars debating the legal authority of the Proclamation and its special meaning for African Americans.

Looking for Lincoln | Lincoln's Growth and Change

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In this video segment, the conclusion of the PBS documentary Looking for Lincoln, historians Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and James Horton examine the transformation of Lincoln's views on slavery and speculate on how different American history might have been had he lived to oversee a more extensive Reconstruction. Tributes to Lincoln's enduring legacy from historians David Blight, Drew Gilpin Faust, Joshua Wolf Shenk, and former President Bill Clinton culminate in Barack Obama's 2008 presidential victory speech.

Looking for Lincoln | Abraham Lincoln's Words

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In this video segment, from the PBS documentary Looking for Lincoln, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. cites several of Lincoln's most famous lines of oratory from different points in his political career, noting the "seemingly simple but profoundly eloquent language" he used "to express and ennoble his cause."

Looking for Lincoln | Was Lincoln a White Supremacist?

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. deconstructs the traditional, legendary narrative of Abraham Lincoln in this segment from the PBS documentary Looking for Lincoln. Writer Lerone Bennett, Jr. recalls his disillusionment with "The Great Emancipator" who'd been his childhood hero, citing Lincoln's proposed "compromise" solution to slavery (which had involved the deportation of slaves to colonies in Panama and Liberia) and Lincoln's failure to contribute anything to the Abolitionist cause prior to the Civil War. Historian David Blight, however, reminds us that it is our own task to define "what is worth remembering" about Lincoln's story.