This is journalist David von Drehle talking about his book, Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year. He postulates that 1862 was that “most perilous year” and charts what he considers to be Lincoln’s “rise to greatness,” including his decision to release the Emancipation Proclamation.
I found the presentation to be a bit tedious and overly hagiographic as well as lacking an in-depth historical analysis. It seems to me as though Mr. von Drehle has internalized most of the “conventional wisdom,” accurate or not, and regurgitates it here.
The video’s description reads, “Author David Von Drehle talked about his book, Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year, in which he presents a history of the United States in 1862, the second year of the Civil War. The author said that despite a strained federal government and weakened Union forces, President Lincoln was able to develop several pieces of legislation that would shape the future of the country, namely the Emancipation Proclamation. He spoke at Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri and responded to questions from the audience.”