Sunday, February 8, 2009

Looking for Lincoln

Genealogists have conflicting opinions about the maternal ancestry of Abraham Lincoln, a subject the sixteenth president himself admitted he knew little about. But who was Abraham Lincoln? “Today, he is more myth than man,” says Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. “Can we ever really know him?” Gates, the host and producer of the outstanding African American Lives, returns to PBS with Looking for Lincoln, a two-hour special. Among those joining Gates are Lincoln scholar Doris Kearns Goodwin, author Adam Copnik, and historian James Horton. Gates’s documentary is impressive, and it insightfully explores the man behind the myth. Looking for Lincoln premieres nationally on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 9 p.m. (Eastern) on PBS.