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Widener American Experience Viewing Party

Written by Joe Ulrich, Arts & Culture Desk and witf Host | Sep 22, 2009 6:45 PM

The event featured a showing of an American Experience episode, American Experience presents The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and a discussion, led by Evan Rothera, a senior at Gettysburg College and Abraham Lincoln scholar, on the content of the film.  The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln explores the days after the Confederacy surrendered and the Civil War ended, when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. Over the next twelve days, as a fractured nation mourned, the largest manhunt ever mounted closed in on twenty-six-year-old renowned actor, John Wilkes Booth. This film explores a great American drama: two tumultuous months when the joy of peace was shattered by the heartache of Lincoln's death.  “Abraham Lincoln came to power during an exceptionally turbulent time,” says American Experience executive producer Mark Samels. “America was, in essence, split in two, and this virtually unknown, untested leader was tasked with solving the worst crisis in our collective history.”

 

To view a clip from The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln or to explore the many other features that accompany the film, click here.

 

This event is one of many in the Central Pennsylvania region centered on an episode of American Experience and we want to hear from you. If you attended the event and would like to share your experience or are interested in future events revolving around American Experience, please post your comments. We look forward to your engaging and thoughtful discussions.

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