This six part series started on February 21st and ended on March 21st this year. It begins with Abraham Lincoln as a child and ends with his untimely assassination and the possibilities of a smoother Reconstruction period had he served a second term. This documentary highlights the myths, contradictions, tragedies, and evolution of Lincoln as President of the United States. He never would’ve become president if the Democratic party had been more organized. He never would’ve been president if he had been a mediocre speaker and not able to be politically astute. The legacy of Lincoln is a combination of truth and fiction. The reality of living in a country where the great American experiment is still occurring speaks for itself. Lincoln: Divided We Stand is more than one person trying to hold the Union together. Not everything was done out of the goodness of Lincoln’s heart. He still had a country to run and he still had a war he wanted to win. His own quest for greatness and making a dent into American history came at a cost to family and friends. The life of Mary Todd Lincoln after her husband died was tragic, but so was the state of the country after the war. It’s easy to adopt a mentality of that was then and this is now. I believe parts of America is still dealing with the struggles people faced in the 1800s. Some may disagree but it’s clear the southern states have a higher rate of poverty than any other region in the U.S. To make long lasting changes on a wide scale, it takes more than one person and sometimes more than one effort, but striving for a more perfect union has never stopped.
Lincoln: Divided We Stand gets a rating of Four Fingers and One Thumb at 95%.