The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has put up several rather concise series of commentaries from various historians addressing topics in American history. Here, Allen Guelzo of Gettysburg College explores how Abraham Lincoln viewed slavery, the justification for the Emancipation Proclamation, and how people then and later found fault with the Emancipation Proclamation.
In the first video Guelzo explores Lincoln’s attitudes toward slavery and its abolition, finding a basic consistency in his opposition to slavery.
In the second video Guelzo examines the basis of the Emancipation Proclamation as a manifestation of presidential war powers.
The third video addresses how over time criticisms of Lincoln’s issuing the Emancipation Proclamation changed from having done too much to having done too little.