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Lincoln@Gettysburg

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Peter Schnall

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Plot Summary

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. Lincoln@Gettysburg unfolds the greatest turning point in American history, the rebirth of a nation, and the dawn of the information age.

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90%
  • Reviews Counted: 250
  • Fresh: 224
  • Rotten: 26
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Lincoln paints a powerful and compelling portrait of the man who has become an icon. We don't need to see more of his life to understand how rare a figure he was - this window is more than sufficient. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Nov 18, 2012

Fresh: It's very good, but that's not the point. It's necessary. – David Thomson, The New Republic, Jun 14, 2013

Fresh: Lincoln offers proof of what magic can happen when an actor falls in love with his character. Because as great as Day-Lewis has been in his many parts, he has never seemed quite so smitten. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Nov 16, 2012

Fresh: A bit like watching the West Wing played by Amish People. Desperately needed 40 minutes cut out of what is essentially quite a beautifully made movie. – Marc Fennell, Triple J, Apr 8, 2013

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2003

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