About the Program
Former Senator George McGovern (D-SD) recounted the life of President Abraham Lincoln. He detailed the former president's political career and focused on Lincoln's legislative decisions throughout the course of the Civil War. George McGovern was introduced by author and critic Gore Vidal at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California.
George McGovern died at the age of 90 on October 21, 2012, in South Dakota.
George McGovern was a U.S. Senator from South Dakota from 1963 to 1981 and the Democratic candidate for president in 1972. He was appointed the first United Nations global ambassador on hunger in 2001. Sen. McGovern is the author of numerous books, including "Third Freedom: Ending Hunger in Our Time."
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Gore Vidal was the author of more than twenty books, including "Lincoln," "Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace," and "Palimpsest: A Memoir." He wrote five plays, numerous screenplays, and two hundred essays. He won the 1993 National Book Award for "United States: Essays, 1952 - 1992." Mr. Vidal passed away on July 31, 2012.