Parents' Guide to

Electing Lincoln

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Historical series focuses on tension between U.S. regions.

TV Max Educational 2021
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Regional and ideological tension are explored in vignette form in this series. Electing Lincoln takes a look at facts that may have been left out of textbooks, though because of 19th century newspaper bias, the facts are tough to uncover. This series uses the reenactment style of storytelling along with the narrative of several historians to probe the stories behind the legends, and it's good viewing.

Teens who are studying U.S. History in school might enjoy seeing some of the thought-provoking issues brought to life. Adults will be intrigued by the links between the election violence that played out in the 19th century and the election violence that exploded in the 21st century. It's a connection worth understanding; this series takes a swing at exploring these important questions.

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