Lincoln’s Dilemma

Lincoln’s Dilemma

“Lincoln’s Dilemma,” a four-part documentary series, is a fresh exploration of President Lincoln and the complex journey to end slavery. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright and featuring the voices of Bill Camp as Abraham Lincoln and Leslie Odom Jr. as Frederick Douglass, the series is a 21st century examination of a complicated man and the people and events that shaped his evolving stance on slavery. All four parts of “Lincoln’s Dilemma” will premiere globally on Friday, February 18 on Apple TV+.

Release date

February 18, 2022

Production Companies

EDEN Productions, Kunhardt Films

Cast & Crew

Jeffrey Wright, Bill Camp, Leslie Odom Jr.

Directors: Jacqueline Olive, Barak Goodman

Executive Producers: Peter Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt, George Kunhardt, Josh Tyrangiel, Richard Plepler, Jacqueline Olive, Barak Goodman, Jelani Cobb

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A Sacred Effort

Lincoln wins reelection. In the aftermath of the war, he commits himself to abolishing slavery and passes the 13th Amendment.

Premiere Date: February 18, 2022


A New Birth of Freedom

Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation, but Black Americans like Frederick Douglass know it’s a far cry from abolition.

Premiere Date: February 18, 2022


So You See, the Man Moves

Thousands of enslaved people flee north and join Union forces, tipping the scales of military power. Lincoln strategizes the path to reunification.

Premiere Date: February 18, 2022


The Anti-Slavery Candidate

As Lincoln prepares to take office, the debate over slavery pushes the country toward a civil war.

Premiere Date: February 18, 2022