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A podcast on the life of the 16th president, from his ancestors to his afterlife. Updated Wednesdays.

A podcast on the life of the 16th president, from his ancestors to his afterlife. Updated Wednesdays.
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United States

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A podcast on the life of the 16th president, from his ancestors to his afterlife. Updated Wednesdays.

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English


Episodes

This Weary, Mortal Round

4/24/2019
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His personal and professional bonds all snapped at once at the end of 1840. It proved a prelude to the worst emotional crisis of Lincoln's life, one that he would need a full year to pull himself out of.

Duration:00:38:18

Our Highest Expectations

4/17/2019
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With the Whig Party appearing poised for a major breakthrough in 1840, Abraham Lincoln campaigned hard, showing a desperation that led him to attack individuals and fall back on the shameful race-baiting that defined his youth. Toward the end of the year, he became involved with a young woman in Springfield, named Mary Todd.

Duration:00:35:26

Towering Genius

4/10/2019
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As an economic depression hardened party lines, Abraham Lincoln became an enthusiastic Whig partisan, fighting hard to get his law partner into Congress. During the contest, the lynching of a black man and the later murder of a newspaper editor led him to deliver his first notable public address.

Duration:00:32:42

The Chain of Happiness

4/3/2019
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Abraham Lincoln arrived in Springfield a deeply insecure and troubled man. He would quickly make a lifelong friend, and just as quickly lose a potential bride.

Duration:00:29:50

Skinning

3/27/2019
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As Abraham Lincoln rose in the ranks of the Illinois Whig Party, he displayed strong political skills that played a key role in getting the capital of Illinois moved to Springfield. He also showed political opportunism, and frequently, appalling racism in trying to bring voters to his party's column

Duration:00:34:50

The Rain on Her Grave

3/20/2019
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In 1835, Abraham Lincoln was starting his political career; beginning his law studies; working two jobs and struggling with debt. The death of a young woman would help push him to his first nervous breakdown.

Duration:00:29:35

Driftwood

3/13/2019
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After a disastrous business failure, Lincoln struggled to find his professional footing and continue his self-education. His program would bring him to unorthodox religious beliefs that would present a challenge for his political ambitions.

Duration:00:31:01

The Esteem of My Fellow Man

3/6/2019
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In the commercial village of New Salem, Abraham Lincoln began gathering friends and allies who helped launch his political and professional career -- and later, mythologized him.

Duration:00:35:30

Sarah Lincoln Grigsby

2/27/2019
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Sarah Lincoln Grigsby seems to have had all the talents of her brother -- wit, charm and an ability to put people at ease. But she never had Abraham's opportunities.

Duration:00:26:03

The Rough Hand of the Forest

2/20/2019
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Rented out for manual labor he hated, Abraham Lincoln desperately sought ways to escape, whether down the river or through self-education.

Duration:00:33:50

Sorrow Comes to All

2/13/2019
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The Lincolns tried to restart in Indiana. But a major tragedy would change the course of their lives.

Duration:00:36:35

Broken, Barren Land

2/6/2019
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In his Kentucky childhood, Abraham Lincoln heard anti-slavery messages, and witnessed his father's fight to hold onto what was his. Both would shape his life.

Duration:00:30:11

The Survivors

1/28/2019
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Abraham Lincoln came from a restless family that pushed ever further west to improve their fortunes. But his father struggled to survive, and his mother was chased by gossip throughout her life.

Duration:00:26:22

American Mirror

1/28/2019
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Abraham Lincoln's apotheosis began from the moment of his death in 1865. The searches for the real man started soon after. Who was he, and why can so many people see so many different characteristics in a single life?

Duration:00:18:55