Jun. 27, 2011 at 11:37amA House Divided

Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln

By Judith Spitzer

I love watching just about any shows having to do with history on KSPS.

My latest favorite is the American Experience documentary is called "Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided."

I watched part one of the series several weeks ago, and loved every minute of it. Part one covered both Abraham and Mary's childhoods - his, in a remote backwoods log cabin and hers, - in a wealthy Kentucky home. It describes their courtship and marriage. Mary is quoted as saying - "He'll be President of the United States one day. If I had not thought so I never would have married him."

That statement is perhaps a precursor to their relationship later in the marriage which is said to have been both tempestuous and passionate; she had a temper; he suffered bouts of depression.

In part two the couple share a powerful ambition that sends Abraham to the House of Representatives and later, with the country splitting apart over slavery, sees him run for president. On election night, when the results finally come in, Abraham goes home and tells his wife, "Mary, Mary, we are elected."

Part two runs tonight at 10 p.m. as well as several other nights, and part three runs later in the month of July. Check the KSPS Schedule on the website for more specific information.

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