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I am not an expert on Lincoln or the Civil War, but I had read 2 or 3 books on Lincoln before purchasing this DVD for use with a class that I am teaching. I am glad I previewed it. As I watched it I kept hearing the narrator state things that seemed to disagree with what I had read, so I went back and checked a couple of items. The narrator stated that Lincoln's mother died when he was 8 years old; Lincoln was born in February 1809 and his mother died in October 1818 (over nine years later). He stated as fact that Lincoln was engaged to Ann Rutledge, which some historians doubt because it was based only on her relatives' claim, and that Lincoln was later engaged to Mary Owens. According to letters written by Lincoln, he had told Owens' sister that he would "take her for better or worse" and he thought Owens was interested in him long after he had lost interest in her, but when he decided he had delayed the matter as long as he could and "made the proposal to her direct," Owens turned him down. He felt she had made a fool out of him. There were a few other areas that I can't remember now where I caught myself saying "What?" during the DVD, and I concluded that whoever wrote the narration had been sloppy in their research. I did not catch any errors in the historians' interviews, but none of their information was new or earth-shaking. Some seemed to be Lincoln experts but it was unclear what the others' credentials were other than they offered variety in the talking heads.
I will not be using this DVD with my class; I feel I wasted my money.
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