During Lincoln’s time in the White House, the building was far more of a public building than a private residence. In this clip, historian Harold Holzer discusses the exceptional degree of openness of the White House that allowed the public to enter the grounds and the building itself without any security precautions. Holzer also discusses how the Lincoln children influenced daily life at the White House.
Harold Holzer is a leading authority on Abraham Lincoln and the politics of the Civil War era. He is an author, lecturer, and co-chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.