There was a protest from some sectors that the film distorted the life of Thaddeus Stevens (who initiated the impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson). Additional filming occurred in October 1942, but it is not known if it was because of these protests. One line in the script (Stevens referring to Lincoln as "the old ape") was eliminated. Still, the film treats Johnson much more favorably than it does Stevens.
This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Tuesday 26 February 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Saturday 10 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); its initial San Francisco telecast took place 25 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); but it was not aired in New York City until 7 April 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2).