Like the Founding Fathers, Abraham Lincoln presents researchers, particularly African American researchers, with moderately a mystery. On the one hand, here is the man who is given recognition for freeing the slaves, the Great Emancipator. On the other, Lincoln was a man who widely and privately declared a belief that blacks, whether slave or free were mediocre to whites–evidently Lincoln must have supposed of Frederick Douglass as and exclusion–and that establishment was a fine indication after all. Which Lincoln should we, particularly those of us who are black, consider and appreciate?
Henry Louis Gates says that in order to response that question, we might do well to refer a well-used notebook that Lincoln kept on his person dealing with the great issue of the day: slavery. In it were facts and figures he could call upon during a debate, while writing a letter or while wrestling with himself o