On Abe Lincoln

From a Mises review of ‘Forced Into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream‘ by Lerone Bennett Jr.

Purported words of Lincoln:

Negroes have natural rights, however, as other men have, although they cannot enjoy them here . . . no sane man will attempt to deny that the African upon his own soil has all the natural rights that instrument vouchsafes to all mankind

Judge Douglas has said to you that he has not been able to get from me an answer to the question whether I am in favor of Negro citizenship. . . . I tell him very frankly that I am not in favor of Negro citizenship

There is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will for ever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race

We must not disturb slavery in the states where it exists, because the constitution, and the peace of the country, both forbid us

few, but an increasing number of men, who, for the sake of perpetuating slavery, are beginning to assail and to ridicule the white-man’s charter of freedom-the declaration that `all men are created free and equal

My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it

So just much of so-called American history is a lie? And how can we tell since this book represents a minority historical view?


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