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Lincoln on Race & Slavery

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Generations of Americans have debated the meaning of Abraham Lincoln's views on race and slavery. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation and supported a constitutional amendment to outlaw slavery, yet he also harbored grave doubts about the intellectual capacity of African Americans, publicly used the n-word until at least 1862, and favored permanent racial segregation. I ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published January 22nd 2009 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Allen Garvin
This brief book gathers together almost all Lincoln's writings through his life, public and private, that relate specifically to slavery or race. That alone makes it valuable, though without Lincoln's complete writings available online, in modern edited form, not essential.

However, the introductory by Dr. Gates, is a superb essay on the subject of Lincoln and Slavery, and how contemporary and subsequent African-Americans have dealt with the subject of Lincoln and Race. It's given me a lengthy re
Lincoln on Race and Slavery by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (the Black Harvard professor recently arrested in his own home) has collected and edited speeches and writings of Abraham Lincoln in which Lincoln revealed his contradictory views on race and slavery. He was a cagey politician, by turns an eloquent and folksy speaker, used humor (including racist jokes) to entertain and relate to his audience, wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, doubted the intellectual capacity of Black
Heather Shaw
For my last year of high school, I moved to a private school, Interlochen Arts Academy, and glutted myself on nonessentials like Aesthetics, British Lit, and Poetry. I also took an American history class, but only because I had to. Like my fourteen-year-old says now, I've been studying American history over and over since second grade… Isn't there anything else?

Well, yes actually, there is. It was in that class, for example, that I first saw the contradictory speeches given by Lincoln during his
Fredrick Danysh
According to the author, the popular views of Abraham Lincoln and what he believed about blacks and slavery are wrong. Using Lincoln.s speeches and letters, Lincoln is painted as a racist and white supremest. It also perpetuates the myth that Lincoln freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation. This is an interesting read as it exposes another side of the man.
Jim Lindgren
This was tough to read, both because of the 19th century language but also because it reveals a side of Abraham Lincoln we like to ignore. We like to think he was a man ahead of his time as far as race relations, and this book reveals that he was not.

Anyone who would like a more nuanced view of Lincoln the man, and not the myth, should read this.
Mostly Lincoln's words with good comments and analysis.
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Henry Louis Gates Jr. is a Professor of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. He is well-known as a literary critic, an editor of literature, and a proponent of black literature and black cultural studies.
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