Boston's Influence On Lincoln's Anti-Slavery Stance

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The new movie, "Lincoln," portrays the nation's 16th president as he pushed, cajoled and horse traded his way toward the Emancipation Proclamation.

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.


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