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Lincoln's 200th Birthday (2009)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-02-13

Duration: 00:06:52

Subjects: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 | Bourque, Darrell | DARDENNE, JAY | Louisiana poets laureate | Poetry | Madden, David, 1933-


  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Editor
  • Madden, David Interviewee
  • Bourque, Darrell Interviewee
  • Dardenne, Jay Interviewee
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host


This segment from the February 13, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s interviews with organizers of commemorative events in Louisiana celebrating the 200th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln. He speaks to LSU Professor David Madden about Lincoln’s connections to Louisiana, including his choice of Louisiana as the first state to be reinstated after the Civil War and his first visit to Louisiana on a flat-boat in 1831. Whinham also talks to Darrell Bourque, Louisiana’s Poet Laureate, about what people can learn from Lincoln today. Bourque also reads a poem written by Lincoln and a poem he wrote in honor of Lincoln called “Lincoln in New Orleans 1831.” Lastly, Whinham interviews Secretary of State Jay Dardenne about Louisiana students collecting Lincoln pennies as a fundraiser for UNICEF. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford