Lincoln Emancipated - Lincoln Emancipated: The President...

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Lincoln Emancipated: The President and the Politics of Race Ed. by Brian R. Dirck Book, cloth, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, 189pp., Northern Illinois Univ. Press, DeKalb, IL, 2007 Price: $32. This somewhat small volume makes for most interesting reading. Now that the subject of Lincoln and Race has been treated here, let us hope that future writers of Lincolniana will discover new topics which should be researched. But they probably will not. Those of the “political correct” persuasion will continue to pull Father Abraham from the middle of the Nineteenth Century into the beginning of the Twenty-first in order to find fault with him. Such liberal thinkers will “read his mind” and analyze his actions from a great distance of time with scant knowledge of Lincoln’s era. Allen C. Gaelzo and seven other authors (Kenneth J. Winkle, Phillip S. Paludan (deceased), Kevin R. C. Gutzman, James N. Leiker, Brian R. Dirck, Michael Vorenberg and Dennis K. Boman) have compiled the current attitude of Lincoln and Race in many quarters of their own century. A number of chapters are very well done. Let it be said that President Lincoln was quite a Liberal thinker for his day. So many of his contemporaries—even Northerners and many Republicans—did not recommend freeing the black slaves. These doubters thought of the Union first and foremost. Many men enlisted to save the Union—not free slaves. Their letters prove this point. True, Lincoln did not consider uneducated slaves to be his equal in all
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This note was uploaded on 05/12/2010 for the course HISTORY 1212 taught by Professor Crossland during the Spring '10 term at University of Illinois at Springfield.

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