New Lincoln documentary airs on History Channel | Local News

A new documentary about Hodgenville native son Abraham Lincoln is set to premiere Presidents Day weekend on the History Channel.

The documentary is titled ‘Abraham Lincoln’ and features actor Graham Sibley as the country’s 16th president. It premieres at 8 p.m. on February 20 and spans three nights, with each episode of the miniseries beginning at 8 p.m.

It is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s best-selling book “Leadership: In Turbulent Times”.

For 7.5 hours, viewers will experience Lincoln’s life from childhood through his days as a lawyer and politician and his assassination just five days after the Civil War ended.

“(The documentary) offers viewers a surprising new insight into the man consistently ranked by historians and the American people as the nation’s greatest president,” the History Channel said in a press release. “Viewers will experience the lesser-known aspects of Lincoln’s life and leadership through dramatic, premium action scenes where his humility, empathy, resilience, ambition, political acumen and humor are on full display.

“…This miniseries offers a new and contemporary understanding of the complexities of young Abraham Lincoln growing up to become President Lincoln, the man who saved the Union, won the war and achieved emancipation.”

Sibley — who has appeared on daytime TV shows like ‘Days of Our Lives’ and whose appearances on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and other popular shows like ‘Criminal Minds’ — said in the statement he was looking forward to to tell Lincoln’s story.

“Lincoln’s humanity, his sense of purpose and ultimately his principled character provide us with a powerful example of how we could treat one another with dignity and respect if we were to become the nation he imagined us to be. could be,” Sibley said.

The documentary will feature live action footage featuring Daytime Emmy nominee Sibley as Lincoln, as well as interviews with notable guests including President Barack Obama, General Stan McCrystal and historians Christy Coleman, Dr. Allen Guelzo, Dr. Edna Greene Medford, Harold Holzer, Dr. Caroline Janney and Dr. Catherine Clinton, among others.

Other shows airing in conjunction with Presidents Day include “Black Patriots: Heroes of the Civil War” at 11 p.m. Feb. 21 and “The Secret History of the Civil War” at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 22.