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Episode 218

With Biden on the Verge, author Ted Widmer on Lincoln’s risky road to Inauguration

74 minutes · January 18, 2021

Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington tracks President-elect Abraham Lincoln’s railroad pilgrimage from Springfield, Illinois through the industrial spine of America, to his rendezvous with destiny at the U.S. Capitol. in the face of Confederate succession, assassination attempts, and political intrigue, he made it to his destination under cloak of darkness. Professor Ted Widmer reconstructs every step of Lincoln’s improbable journey, from outsider candidate to nation saving president, on full display on a seven-state whistle stop tour where just making it to Washington alive was a victory in itself.

Lincoln on the Verge

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