At President Abraham Lincoln's funeral in 1865, the oak tree stood just a few feet from the event, shading the funeral choir.
Even as the debt crisis continues to grow in Europe, the debate there has shifted. At a conference in Berlin Monday, the leaders of France and Germany said that boosting growth in the European economy is a priority, and that growth is crucial to resolve the debt crisis that has thrown the Euro’s future into doubt.
But the debate on how to achieve that growth echoes the political debate in the U.S. — Germany insists on severe austerity measures in failing economies like Greece, while some economists and policy makers say spending is needed to grow the economy.
Peter O’Dowd follows the route of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train 150 years ago, to look at modern-day race relations and Lincoln's legacy.