Here’s Fred Kaplan, Professor Emeritus of English at the City University of New York, giving a presentation that compares and contrasts Abraham Lincoln and John Quincy Adams with respect to the slavery issue. I have to say while I disagree with several things he says about Lincoln, this presentation did make me think a lot and consider an interpretation I hadn’t considered before.
The video’s description reads, “Fred Kaplan outlined how the sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, and the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, confronted the political dilemmas of slavery from colonization to emancipation. Their public careers briefly overlapped in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Kaplan is the author of Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War.”