Lincoln wasn't always so committed to ending slavery, though. In fact, Boston played a significant role in igniting his fire for the anti-slavery movement, as Christopher Klein recently wrote in The Boston Globe:
The Abraham Lincoln who visited Massachusetts in 1848 was not yet leading man material. But on a 13-day trip in which he spoke before audiences in Boston and eight nearby towns, Lincoln got his first glimpse at the intensity of antislavery sentiment in Massachusetts and emerged with a deeper sense that political action on slavery was necessary.
Klein joins Radio Boston to talk about how Boston helped shape the Lincoln we now know.
- Christopher Klein, Boston Globe correspondent and online contributor to The History Channel
This segment aired on December 4, 2012.