The Historical Accuracy of Spielberg's "Lincoln"

Dec 4, 2012

The passage of the 13th Amendment which outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude almost didn’t pass. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with historian Thomas Schwartz, one of the foremost experts on the Abraham Lincoln. Schwartz—who is currently the director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum—worked as one of the historical consultants on the new film Lincoln. Schwartz discusses the historical accuracy of the film, what it was like to tour Springfield, Illinois with actor Daniel Day-Lewis and also shines a light on the complicated legislative process that lead up to the passage of the 13th Amendment.