Looking for Lincoln brings President to life

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The local Looking for Lincoln group presented a program Friday evening at Prospect Bank called “Lincoln: The Great Communicator.” The program highlighted Lincoln’s talents at communicating his thoughts and persuading others to accept his ideas. Lincoln lived at a time when mass communication was just getting started and music played an important role. Illinois folklorist Chris Vallillo plays “The Battle Cry of Freedom” by George F. Root, which was written in 1862 and helped revive Union morale. Lincoln claimed the song did more for the war effort than 100 generals. George Buss portrays Lincoln in the program.