Important note: This is not a film review. It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.
The first of the four sections, My Mother: The Spirit Man , deals with the young Lincoln's relationship to his mother Nancy Hanks, who taught him how to read and write and who shaped his values, and with his reactions to her death. The second section, My Father: The Physical Man , shows the efforts of Tom Lincoln, Abraham's father, to stop his son's education, and how he relents after Abraham's literacy saves the family farm from a swindle engineered by Carter, a malevolent neighbour. ( No information has been discovered on the plot of the third section, Myself: The Lincoln Man ). The fourth section, The Call to Arms , depicts the political pressures on Lincoln at the beginning of the Civil War in 1861, emphasizing Lincoln's determination to preserve the Union. Either Myself: The Lincoln Man or The Call to Arms contains an episode in which Lincoln's two children play hooky, then ask Lincoln to shelter them from their mother's punishment. All the sections are presented as stories told by President Lincoln from the White House.
This 1917 silent historical/drama was comprised of shorts on the life of Lincoln written and produced by Benjamin Chapin from 1913 to 1917, edited together to make a make-shift feature film. The survival status of The Lincoln Cycle (1917) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives.
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