Part of the "America's Journey Through Slavery" series. In 1861 the Civil War was a conflict that threatened to permanently divide the United States. Without President Abraham Lincoln's leadership, courage, and determination to maintain the Union, America may have ceased to exist. From his childhood in Kentucky, to his election as President, and his outspoken views against slavery, his life is chronicled through reenactments, maps, and archival photographs. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) expanded description, (2) English subtitles in a black box, (3) subtitled description.