A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Well-documented content about the period leading up to the Civil War. Historians speak about specific, lesser-known facts help put a crucial time in U.S. history into context.
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Positive Role Models
The time period before and during the Civil War was extremely tense, and some people took matters into their own hands. Abraham Lincoln, who is revered by many as one of the great statesmen of our nation, led in an unconventional way: he championed issues without letting them define him. This show looks at his ability to defy expectations and to use strategy and people skills to keep moving forward, even when there was a war among States at hand.
A diverse group of historians talks about history as we know it, as well as the stories of people who were being oppressed. Though the elected leaders of Lincoln's time were all White men, there men and women of other backgrounds and races whose point of view are touched upon here.
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Violence & Scariness
Images of war, bodies strewn across battle fields, re-enactments of guerrilla warfare and "organized slaughter." A senator beats another senator over the head with a cane, cracking his skull.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A senator form the 1860's talks about the pro-slavery movement making its way into Kansas as "the rape of a virgin territory."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Men briefly shown smoking cigars and pipes. There may be beer or whiskey briefly shown in photos of people gathered in the 1860's.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Electing Lincoln is an educational series of shorts that document the tension leading up to Abraham Lincoln's presidency and the Civil War. There are reenacted scenes of 19th century guerrilla warfare, including images of beatings, gunfire, and angry mobs tussling. These scenes are not overly gory, but the brutal contextual messages come through. Civil War era photos of dead soldiers and slaves with scars lacing their backs due the whipping they received are also on view.
Is It Any Good?
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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