Fred Kaplan: Lincoln Was a Great Writer, Not Orator

To Abraham Lincoln, whether he was composing love letters, speeches, or legal arguments, words mattered. In Lincoln, acclaimed biographer Fred Kaplan explores the life of America's sixteenth president through his use of language as a vehicle both to express complex ideas and feelings and as an instrument of persuasion and empowerment. In this video, Kaplan contends that Lincoln was a great writer not orator, contrary to popular belief.