American Experience: Season 13, Episode 7

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided Part 1 - Ambition (19 Feb. 2001)

TV Episode  |   |  Documentary, History
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 119 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 2 critic

Add a Plot

0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

"Hand of God" - What to Watch

IMDb sits down with the cast of the thriller drama "Hand of God," including Ron Perlman, Julian Morris, Garret Dillahunt, and Alona Tal.

Watch our interview

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 5182 titles
created 12 Oct 2012
a list of 326 titles
created 23 Jan 2013
a list of 46 titles
created 04 Jun 2013
a list of 17 titles
created 9 months ago
a list of 28 titles
created 8 months ago

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided Part 1 - Ambition (19 Feb 2001)

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided Part 1 - Ambition (19 Feb 2001) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of American Experience.
« Previous Episode | 150 of 318 Episodes | Next Episode »
1 win. See more awards »




Episode credited cast:
Abraham Lincoln (voice)
Mary Lincoln (voice)
David McCullough ...
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Harvey Baker ...
David Herbert Donald ...
Herself (interviewee)
Union Infantryman (as Kevin Hershberger)
David E. Long ...
Donald Miller ...
Mary Genevieve Murphy ...
Mark E. Neely Jr. ...
Union Infantryman (as Timothy Smith)
Charles B. Strozier ...
Linda Levitt Turner ...


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis



Official Sites:



Release Date:

19 February 2001 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Remarkable Film
7 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This documentary is truly an informative and insightful narrative of how a nation and a leading family became in different ways divided over the burning issues resulting in a great civil war.

The opening of the film was very intriguing! We were looking at a window in a lighted room on a dark rainy night as Narrator David McCollough revealed to the viewers how a woman living upstairs was constantly taunted by passing neighborhood children as the "crazy lady." Actually, this was an ingenious lever to open with, drawing you into details on the personal and official lives of a historic American family--Abraham and Mary Lincoln.

This effective and unforgettable film presentation was a truly satisfying experience. I felt the voices selected for Abraham and Mary were supportive, but not particularly remarkable. It surprised me there existed so much historical detail on their personal lives. You almost felt like a fly on the wall. The historians, David Herbert Donald in particular, were especially engrossing.

Close to the film's end you are brought back to the same upstairs window in her Springfield, Illinois home as you listened to a very disturbing synopsis of Mary Lincoln's final days. Though the memories of her have been dwarfed by that of her legendary husband, this film succeeds in letting you not forget they existed together in shaping the landscape of American history.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
When will we see a film about that remarkable hero, Ida B Wells? Swing-lo
This years intro... ag-wktn
When are they going to make a movie on this? bette1981
The Satellite Sky craviola880
JFK powersroc

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: