The final documentary in this series of historical profiles looks at Americas greatest president, Abraham Lincoln, whose political crusade was to lead to the abolition of slavery in the US. Tall, gangly and from a poor Kentucky farming background, Lincoln was in some ways an unlikely candidate for president. But the ambition, ferocious intellect and common touch of this self-educated visionary secured his rise to prominence. The agricultural life was anathema to Lincoln, who turned his back on farming to embrace new experiences in the post-industrial revolution era; he moved to the city, qualified as a lawyer and developed a passion for politics, and for the notion of fairness. Dogged by recurring depression following the death of his first wife, Lincoln nevertheless pursued his new life enthusiastically and successfully. A charismatic speaker, he became a congressman, and, eventually, in 1860, was elected president. But his well-known hatred of slavery panicked the slave states into withdrawing from the Union and forming the Confederacy. Five years of bloody conflict followed, in which Union general Ulysses S Grant ultimately led the north to victory. Tragically, Lincoln was assassinated after the war by bitter confederate sympathiser and actor John Wilkes Booth, but, by then, he had already shaped the commitment to human freedom which would define the nations vision for the 20th century
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