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First Ladies: Mary Lincoln

Washington, DC
Monday, April 22, 2013

This week on "First Ladies: Image and Influence," we explore the life of Mary Lincoln, who remains a central figure in our country's history. A political partner of her husband, she endured the loss of 3 of her 4 sons, the assassination of President Lincoln, and the ignomy of being institutionalized by her lone remaining living son, Robert.

Our program follows the many facets of this woman, including her political upbringing, her role as wife and mother, and her time as First Lady and life after the White House. We travel to her childhood home in Lexington, Kentucky; to Springfield, Illinois, to walk in her footsteps as she and Abraham Lincoln meet and get married and forge his road to the White House; and to the Lincoln Cottage in Washington DC, where she and their family spend significant time during the tumultous years of the Lincoln presidency. 

Updated: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 3:53pm (ET)

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