I liked this documentary for many reasons but the biggest one is that it imparts so much information so efficiently you COULD consider skipping some of the epic films that talk about these events. For example, the TBS-produced film "Gettysburg" is 19230234034820895 hours long (so it seemed--it's actually only 271 minutes--which is STILL way too long)-- and yet you can get a lot more out of "[email protected]" and it's under an hour...and you learn an awful lot of what was in the big-budget "Lincoln" now that I think about it!
The documentary does a great job of humanizing the president. It is it correct in presenting Lincoln as VERY politically and tech savvy for the 1860s. His image as a backwoods rail-splitter and teller of folksy stories was only partially true--much of it was carefully created to make him approachable to voters. No, he was actually extremely bright and able--not some hillbilly who made good! Additionally, he made great use of his speeches, telegraph systems and was very much the Commander in Chief--all while battling huge family problems.
Additionally, it does a wonderful job of SUCCINCTLY summing up the battle (producers of "Gettysburg" take note!). You get a great feel for what occurred, the mistakes and the successes. All this, of course, is a prelude to the show talking about Lincoln's famed Gettysburg Address and its impact on American history.
Considering that I am a retired American history teacher and LOVE history, it says a lot when I give this a 10. I can be VERY picky and often spot serious errors--but this one just seemed perfect in about every way.
From PBS - How the telegraph helped Abraham Lincoln to reshape America. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proved himself a master of a new frontier--not on the battlefields of the Civil War, but in his "high-tech" command center, the War Department Telegraph Office. The telegraph was the "Internet" of the nineteenth century, and it gave Lincoln powers of command, communications, and control never before exercised by a commander-in-chief. He used this new technology to connect the country to him--receiving nearly live dispatches via telegraph from his generals in the field and sending out his plans for the nation faster and with more clarity than ever before. The results of Lincoln's pioneering experiment in electronic leadership would ultimately lead to the fields of Gettysburg. There, one battle turned the tide of the Civil War--and became the setting for the 272 words of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the speech that recast the American ideal as a national creed. [email protected] unfolds ...
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February 25, 2021 at 09:33 PM