Sam Waterson's Lincoln

Wednesday, 08 April 2009 15:19 By Bill Moyers and Bill Moyers Journal, t r u t h o u t | Programming Note | name.

Sam Waterson
Abraham Lincoln sits for a portrait. (Photo: Alexander Gardner)

    Airtime: Friday, April 10, 2009, at 9:00 PM (EDT) on PBS (check local listings here).

    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 10 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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