This is Sidney Blumenthal, former special assistant to President Bill Clinton and an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton, giving a presentation on Abraham Lincoln and slavery at the 2016 Lincoln Forum.
I have to say I was not impressed. I didn’t hear a new interpretation or new information. I wasn’t impressed with what historical analysis I was able to see.
This all came across to me as someone who was looking to fill some time and has a bunch of connections. Having said that, though, the information is generally accurate, so students new to Lincoln and slavery can get something out of the program.
The video’s description reads, “Sidney Blumenthal spoke about the political forces that shaped President Lincoln’s views on slavery. Mr. Blumenthal is the author of, A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849.”