First Lady Mary Lincoln

Richard Norton Smith and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn talked about the life and influence of first lady Mary Lincoln and responded to telephone… read more

Richard Norton Smith and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn talked about the life and influence of first lady Mary Lincoln and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included her political upbringing and position against slavery, her role as wife and mother, her time as first lady, and life after the White House. They discussed the complexity of her legacy, including her political role, mental health, her relationships in Washington and with the press, and stories of her lavish spending and as an over-indulgent mother. A video clip was shown of the Lincoln Bedroom from the documentary The White House: Inside America’s Most Famous Home and others spoke in video from President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers' Home in Washington, D.C.; the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and the Lincoln Home in Springfield, Illinois; and the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington, Kentucky.

This was the ninth presentation in the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence and Image.” close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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  • James M. Cornelius Curator Lincoln (Abraham) Presidential Library->Lincoln Collection
  • Susan Haake Curator Lincoln Home National Historical Site
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First Lady Mary Lincoln

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Program ID:
310733-1
Category:
C-SPAN Specials
Format:
Call-In
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Apr 22, 2013
Last Aired:
Aug 16, 2013

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  • Apr 22, 2013 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 22, 2013 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 22, 2013 | 11:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 27, 2013 | 7:00pm EDT | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Apr 28, 2013 | 12:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 15, 2013 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Aug 15, 2013 | 9:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 16, 2013 | 12:02am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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