Who was Abraham Lincoln?

10 Feb

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“I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races—that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this, that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.” – Abraham Lincoln (Charleston, Ill. 1851)

This is a very compelling article in a very important time.
written by Henry Louis Gates Jr. editor in chief of The Root. He is co-host of the PBS series Looking for Lincoln, which premieres Feb. 11 (check local listings for time). His book, Lincoln on Race and Slavery, is available now.

read the article here.

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One Response to “Who was Abraham Lincoln?”

  1. Isaiah February 17, 2009 at 5:21 pm #

    I ended up watching this piece. The article had a different vibe than the show. It was definitely interesting though. The article seems more like it is Anti-Lincoln, but the show was definitely more Pro-Lincoln with only a touch of Anti.

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