Bill Moyers Journal

Season 12, Episode 52 of 52

Assassinated on Good Friday as the Civil War was coming to a close, Abraham Lincoln was transformed from man to martyr and myth. A special performance edition of Bill Moyers Journal on April 10th, celebrates Lincoln's profound legacy in his bicentennial year. Acclaimed actor Sam Waterston and historian Harold Holzer share poetry and prose by great American writers as different as Frederick Douglas, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsburg, Langston Hughes and Herman Melville. Responding to the arc of ideas, language and history in this performance piece, Moyers says, "Lincoln changes as we hear these words, and so does the country."

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