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Did Lincoln Own Slaves?: And Other Frequently Asked Questions about Abraham Lincoln

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  17 reviews
In the bicentennial year of Lincoln's birth, here is the one indispensable book that provides all you need to know about our most revered president in a lively and memorable question-and-answer format.You will learn whether Lincoln could dunk a basketball or tell a joke. Was he the great emancipator or a racist? If he were alive today, could he get elected? Did he die rich ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Vintage (first published January 22nd 2008)
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No Remorse
*John Bradford lent a female slave named Ruth Burns (indentured) to the lincolns, but he never owned any slaves. They did hire servants for low wages.

"The Illinois Supreme Court had ruled that indentured servants could be bought, sold, inherited, or otherwise alienated like other forms of property."

"The Lincolns paid so little to their servant that she might as well have been a slave."

*Thomas Jefferson was a slaveholder who fathered children by one of his slaves

*George Washington owned slaves.

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Michelle R.
his is a nice bullet point read that is more a refresher if you've ever read more than a couple histories on Abe! I was also curious to see what people tend to ask. This is not, by any means, a comprehensive view, but the writer -- Gerald Prokopowicz -- seems amiable enough. I got it because I was reading my Kindle when a show came on the History Channel about how long it too Lincoln's body to finally be safe and at rest. People wanted to steal the body, he was occasionally hidden on the basemen ...more
Mike
Listening to the audio version greatly helped pass the time while traveling over the holidays. Nothing new for the advanced Lincoln reader, but an interesting listen.
Jill
This is an easy read geared towards people who are not Lincoln historians. Fun to hear the kinds of questions that people ask. This book covers a lot of territory.
Jennifer Daniel
An excellent, meticulously researched book full of all the Lincoln information you need to have a well rounded knowledge of the man. De-bunks many of the myths that surround the 16th president and gives an honest, not always perfect, picture of who he really was. As to did he own slaves, figure it out yourself. Here's a hint, Indiana and Illinois were never slave states. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm...........
Kelly
Tribune columnist Eric Zorn recommends. Great book! Not a scholarly biography by any means, but rather a collection of the most commonly asked questions about Lincoln from a Lincoln scholar and former Lincoln museum historian. The author did a particularly good job with the two current questions of popular interest -- was Lincoln an atheist? Was Lincoln gay? Presented in a Q&A format.
Anna Porter
I liked the Q&A style of the book, it was informative and gave just enough information to be interesting but not overwhelming. The "additional suggested reading" sections were a great resource for parts I was more interested in.
Craig
Nothing earthshakingly new in here, but some good information that could translate well into the classroom, especially an interpretation of Lincoln's views on slavery using his speeches.
Chana Masaledar
Virtually any question you may have about Lincoln is answered here, as well as many questions you might not even think to ask. Highly recommended.
Jay


A fun and balanced question-and-answer book about Lincoln. My 12 year old will pull this off the shelf and peruse its pages. Excellent.
Jose
Good starter if you haven't read anything on lincoln. Lincoln is not gay, and didn't own slaves....Audio book version
Doug Ebeling
Really enjoyable way to learn about Lincoln, with lots of references to great books for more information
Janis
Written in Q&A format and chockfull of fascinating facts -- a friendly tone combined with good scholarship.
Jaimee
Feb 07, 2008 Jaimee marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Just beginning... Author is the host of a brilliant podcast show called Civil War Talk Radio.
Jamie
Funny that the most frequently asked question about Honest Abe is was Lincoln gay?!
Kimberly
I think this could have a better title.
Abraham Ray
nice history book about abraham lincoln
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