HV/Series/Episode/ Work by: Noah Adams · damali ayo · Barrett Golding · Radio Diaries · Dmae Roberts · Tony Schwartz · Jake Warga
Hearing Voices from NPR®
063 Lincoln Monument: A Civil War
Host: Barrett Golding of Hearing Voices
Airs week of: 2011-06-29 (Originally: 2009-07-01)
“Lincoln Monument” (52:00 mp3):
For Lincoln’s birthday bicentennial year and Independence Day, Old Abe, the Civil War, and its still-present aftermath:
The United States Marine Band recorded a “Lincoln Centennial” on February 12 1909 (from A Lincoln Portrait).
Abe’s 1860 presidential campaign song was “Lincoln and Liberty;” it’s sung for us by Dan Zanes (ex-Del Fuegos, off Parades And Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected By Carl Sandburg For The American Songbag).
“I Heard Lincoln That Day,” says Gettysburg eyewitness Walter Rathvon, in archival audio recorded on Lincoln’s birthday 1938 by WRUL radio, Boston. Set to an instrumental “Lincoln’s Triumph (a Funeral March),” part of the Lincoln Shuffle (by Bryce Dessner, guitarist for The National and Clogs, composed for the great bicentennial site 21st Century Abe, used with their re-mixing blessings).
NPR recreates the “Gettysburg Address,” with the words of John Dos Passos read by Noah Adams, and Lincoln’s speech read by Lars Hoel; produced by Bob Malesky for NPR’s The Sunday Show.
Manny has compiled this nice collection of Lincoln pix (music: Jay Ungar “Ashokan Farewell” 1990, from “The Civil War” documentary), “Abraham Lincoln – A Tribute:”
More stories from the HV hour:
Langston Hughes performs his poem, “Lincoln Monument, Washington; Aunt Sue’s Stories” (1955 The Dream Keeper and Other Poems of Langston Hughes). Carl Sandburg gives a “Lincoln Day Address” to the U.S. Congress on Abe’s 150th birthday (1959-02-12, excerpt), and he is interviewed (1953, excerpt) on NBC-TV Wisdom Series: Conversations with Elder Wise Men. The poets’ pontifications on our 16th POTUSA are mixed with the guitar of “Long Summer” by Bryce Dessner, from his Lincoln Shuffle.
Erich Kunzel conducts the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra with Katherine Hepburn to sound-paint a “Lincoln Portrait,” an Aaron Copland composition (Aaron Copland: Lincoln Portrait & Other Works).
When Daisy Anderson and Alberta Martin first met, it was on the Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania, 1997. They were being honored as the last known living “Civil War Widows,” one Union, one Confederate. Both had married in their early 20s to husbands who were near 80. And both told their stories to producer Joe Richman of Radio Diaries.
Liz Murphy Thomas collaged this videos of videos, “Let Us Praise Famous Men: Abraham Lincoln:”
More stories from the HV hour:
“Civil War Re-enactors” re-dedicate a Union veteran’s grave in Oregon, by producer Jake Warga.
The late-great John Lee Hooker strums a “Ballad To Abraham Lincoln” (1991 The Original Mr. Lucky).
It only took about a hundred years for this country, the home of the free, to free our slaves. Nowadays, if you see a young black woman sitting on our city’s sidewalks, shaking a can of coins, and holding a sign reading “Reparations Accepted Here,” go up say “Hi.” She’s performance artist damali ayo (produced by Dmae Roberts for Stories1st.org; and on damali’s 2005 What Did She Just Say?).
October 10 is the National Day of Panhandling for Reparations. Here’s a day in the life of damali ayo, “living flag: panhandling for reparations:”