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Review: 'Looking for Lincoln' on PBS

THE SHOW "Looking for Lincoln"

WHEN|WHERE Tonight from 9 to 11 on WNET/13; Tomorrow from 9 to 11 p.m. on WLIW/21

THE DEAL On the eve of Lincoln's 200th birthday, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. searches for the great, yet flawed, human being behind the legend. Gates, who also wrote and executive-produced the film, said it took about a year to complete, and it included trips to Lincoln-related sites around the country as well as interviews with fellow historians and others, including former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He also relied on insights from Lincoln scholar Doris Kearns Goodwin.

QUOTE "Lincoln is so capacious a myth in the American imagination that each generation reinvents him in their own image," Gates explains.

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"We remake Lincoln to remake ourselves, and there are so many Lincolns. If we made a partial list, there would be Lincoln the warrior, Lincoln the peacemaker, Lincoln the statesman, Lincoln the opportunist, Lincoln the melancholy, Lincoln the humorist, Lincoln the Republican, Lincoln the communist - because even Fidel [Castro] likes Abraham Lincoln.

"And then there were Lincoln the war criminal and Lincoln the redeemer. A guy even wrote a book about Lincoln being gay, and there was another book about Lincoln the romantic lover, in love with Ann Rutledge rather than Mary Todd. There is a Lincoln for every season."

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