Abraham Lincoln

This Is a Thing: The Civil War Sitcom ‘The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer’


Welcome to “This Is a Thing,” a monthly feature where your humble film editor will examine a piece of popular culture — a film, an album, a television special, whatever — that I wouldn’t believe existed, had I not laid my own eyes upon it. This month: in the spirit of the forthcoming (and hopefully slightly more tasteful) The Butler, consider the controversial and short-lived Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer, the story of a black valet in the Lincoln White House.
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