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Abraham Lincoln’s Southern Roots

This week marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death. Lincoln is symbolic of many things to many people, but one historian is looking at Lincoln through his Southern sensibilities. Clemson University professor Vernon Burton is the author of “The Age of Lincoln” and joins Celeste Headlee to talk about Honest Abe’s Southern roots. Louisiana State University history professor Bill Cooper and New York University history professor Martha Hodes also join the discussion. Also featured on this show: Georgia’s new transportation bill results in an annual fee for electric car drivers and Savannah poet Sjohnna McCray talks about how his parents’ unconventional relationship inspires his work.

Today's Show Segments - April 13, 2015




Today's Show Segments

Your First Thoughts are about controversial LBGT conversion therapy and whether the federal government should weigh in on its efficacy.



Georgia’s transportation bill will eliminate the state’s generous tax credit to buyers of electric cars. Owners will now be required to pay a $200 annual registration fee. GPB Macon Bureau Chief Michael Caputo joins host Celeste Headlee to talk about the economic impact and what this means for the state, once voted the nation’s leading market for electric cars.



This week marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death. Lincoln is symbolic of many things to many people, but one historian is looking at Lincoln through his Southern sensibilities. Clemson University professor Vernon Burton is the author of “The Age of Lincoln” and joins Celeste Headlee to talk about Honest Abe’s Southern roots. Louisiana State University history professor Bill Cooper and New York University history professor Martha Hodes also join the discussion.



Sjohnna McCray is an instructor at Savannah State University who recently won the Walt Whitman Award for emerging poets. Host Celeste Headlee speaks with him about "Rapture," his collection of poems that chronicle the relationship between his father and mother, who was a "comfort woman" in South Korea.