Abraham Lincoln's Evolving Thoughts on Slavery
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Otis Willie PIO The American War Library
2010-10-11 22:00:50 UTC
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Abraham Lincoln's Evolving Thoughts on Slavery

{EXCERPT} NPR -- Eric Foner -- "Lincoln said during the Civil War that he had
always seen slavery as unjust. He said he couldn't remember when he didn't think
that way and there's no...


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Old Movie Fan
2010-10-13 17:00:14 UTC
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It's true what they say; "Without a theory, there can be no history."
Of course when history is written to support a theory, it really isn't
what actually happened.
Revisionist Historian, author Eric Foner's comments on NPR offered
another distorted image of both Lincoln and Johnson, suggesting that had
Lincoln survived to serve a second term, he would have worked to support
Congress and their harsh dealings with the South. IMO, Lincoln (who had
already clashed repeatedly with Congress over restoring "severed states"
and compensated emancipation), would have faced the same hostility as
Johnson did. His unifying views were nothing like their views of
To his credit (when the 14th Amendment was discussed), Foner at least
mentions the oppression of the white South (still included in the
Amendment), but dismisses it as irrelevant today.
Irrelevant? It was very relevant when those same words were written
into most every new State Constitution in the South during
Reconstruction. The newly elected Black Republicans actually rejected
this attempt by the Radials to punish the white South.
In John Lynch's book on Reconstruction, you can read where many of the
newly appointed black leaders refused to ratify their State
Constitutions as well as the 14th Amendment because they clearly saw the
inequality. They understood fully, the harm this would eventually
cause. John Lynch (for those who don't know), was a former slave who
became part of the Mississippi Government. His book is available to
read on line.
Foner talks about Lincoln's early plan for relocation of the freed
slaves being shelved, but never mentions that President Grant would
desperately continue the effort to remove Negroes from America, even
appointing Frederick Douglas as the official delegate to Haiti. All of
these facts are not hidden today if you take the time to look.
Our real history can clearly be understood today, provided you don't
demand that everything fit your preconceived agenda.

History needs to be viewed from all perspectives in order to be
clearly understood.

Rich Wagner