The knowledge that the French have of Abraham Lincoln comes down to a few things: President of the United States during the Civil War, he was the man of the abolition of slavery and died assassinated, like Kennedy. However, Abraham Lincoln is the great man of the moment: we are celebrating the bicentenary of his birth and the current American President B. Obama continues to refer to him. Arte this evening invites us to discover in a docu-fiction the life and the last days of Abraham Lincoln.
On April 14, 1865, United States President Abraham Lincoln attended a comedy performance at the Ford Theater in Washington. The Civil War, which began in 1861, ended. In fact, on April 9 at Appomattox, General Lee surrendered to General Grant. At 10 p.m. gunshots rang out. Abraham Lincoln is fatally injured. The assassin is an actor, John Wilkes Booth, who escapes backstage. Using numerous archival documents, Wilfried Hauke reconstructs the storyline of events - from the preparations for the attack to the hunt for the murderer - while showing the aura that Abraham Lincoln still enjoys. Contrary to what his murderer thought, Lincoln's death rallied Americans around their president.
Abraham Lincoln's Last Days, Wednesday January 19 at 8:40 pm on Arte. Replay on January 25 at 10:25.
- Our biography of Abraham Lincoln