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Abraham Lincoln: Liar? Racist? Tyrant?!

Updated on September 3, 2012

"Send over 600,000 Americans to their deaths, or destroy the Constitution... why choose? I can do BOTH!"

Abraham Lincoln did not abolish slavery. He had no Constitutional jurisdiction with which to prevent the lawful secession of eleven U.S. States. He was a puppet of "big rail," the prevailing corporate interests of his day.

Abraham Lincoln was perhaps the worst President in the history of the United States of America. Is that hard to believe? Check out some of the following quotes:

#1.) Lincoln cared nothing for enslaved blacks.

If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it....

"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; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that."

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Source: Gabor S. Boritt, "'And the War Came'? Abraham Lincoln and the Question of Individual Responsibility," Why the Civil War Came edited by Boritt (1996), pp 3-30.

#2.) Lincoln was a white supremacist.

I never have been in favor of bringing about the equality of the white and black races.

"I am not now, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social or political equality of the white and black races. I am not now nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor of intermarriages with white people. There is a physical difference between the white and the black races which will forever forbid the two races living together on social or political equality. There must be a position of superior and inferior, and I am in favor of assigning the superior position to the white man."

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Source: Abraham Lincoln said this in a speech he delivered to the people of Charleston, Illinois in 1858.

Further Reading: Lincoln Reconsidered

"I am not, nor have ever been in favor of...equality"

#3.) Lincoln used black soldiers as cannon fodder.

whatever negroes can be got to do as soldiers, leaves just so much less for white soldiers to do...

"I thought that in your struggle for the Union, to whatever extent the negroes should cease helping the enemy, to that extent it weakened the enemy in his resistance to you. Do you think differently? I thought that whatever negroes can be got to do as soldiers, leaves just so much less for white soldiers to do, in saving the Union. Does it appear otherwise to you? But negroes, like other people, act upon motives. Why should they do any thing for us, if we will do nothing for them? If they stake their lives for us, they must be prompted by the strongest motive—even the promise of freedom. And the promise being made, must be kept."

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Source: Abraham Lincoln wrote this in a letter to James C. Conkling dated August 26, 1863.

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      Edmund Joseph 16 months ago

      Get over it , the truth is finally out...Linxoln was a white supremacist Tyrant who stole the election and murderdd thousands !

      Rethinkin LIncoln ...ready it!

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      Chris 19 months ago

      Lincoln was a crooked lying bastard. Maybe you folks should read a history book that WASN'T published by companies in rebelling or "neutral" states. If you knew anything about history you'd understand that Abraham Lincoln was the aggressor in the attack on Fort Sumter (which many ignorant people attribute to the Confederacy as a starting cause of the civil war). Fort Sumter was a Fort that belonged to the state of South Carolina, which the Union forces tried to take by force. Lincoln commanded that the fort be resupplied, which was an act of aggression toward southern states. Lincoln knew this, and knew if he provoked the Confederacy they would fire upon any attacking force; a useful tool in his guise to make the Confederacy look hostile. The simple fact is, the Confederacy fire warning shots across the bow of the ship attempting to resupply Fort Sumter, which in turn Lincoln used as a ploy.

      You folks really need to read deeper into your history "lessons"

      Oh, before I forget, Lincoln was an avid racist, and signed the emancipation proclamation becuase he knew that the British were about to reinforce the Confederacy in an attempt to protect their cotton intrests(A crop that was not grown in Britain).

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      Proud descendent 20 months ago

      I'm a proud descendent of a few confederate soldiers.

      History has turned into a big ole lie.

      Our brave men died on both sides over a war that Lincoln should had never started. It was the south's right to succeed and when the union seen how the south was going to grow and flourish and union was going to die out they wanted what our southern men worked hard for.

      This war should had never happened and it sure as hell didn't happen so my ancestors could own another man.

      Lincoln is one of these humans that the world would had been better of with out he is in the same catagory as Hitler they both should have died at birth.

      I pray that one day our southern men will stand and fight for the honor of our ancestors that so many of you have lied about and made them look as if they are monsters.

      Southerners are a proud group of people and we still have the same fighting spirit as our ancestors had so the day will come when we are devided and I for one will be behind my confederate flag WIN LOSE OR DRAW!

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      Firestar 2 years ago

      Had the south been allowed to secede peacrfully who knows how big the america's could have been,we still would've come together to fight thr 2 world wars ,but probably would have kept our nose out of all other over seas affairs.

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      Douglas Broccone 2 years ago

      The argument that you must forgive Lincoln for "Evolving" or being a man of "his time" etc... completely flies in the face of logic. If as you say, we make allowances and acknowlege that we are judging him too harshly and his Statements of relatively mild or moderate support for the uplifting of Blacks out of Slavery are understandable given the context, , can you therefore somehow say this middle of the way, tepid- "evolving" proto - abolitionist who supported repatriation of all blacks back to Africa, would be ready persecute a war killing 500,000 American citizens, to "Free the Slaves"?

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      S Leretseh 2 years ago

      History should always be viewed in the context of the time in which the event(s) occurred. Lincoln's views on blacks were the product of his time. It is also true that Lincoln was NO racial integrationist. However, neither was any other white male on planet earth at that a time. In fact, not ONE of the Founder Fathers ever conceived of the idea of having the black race involved in any way in the political system they created in 1790. If Lincoln had lived ... the 14th & 15th Amendments NEVER would have become law. Lincoln most likely would have opted for a homeland for the blacks in America - a quasi reservation. Blacks were a distinct people...therefore a separate people. Human nature created (and continuing to this very day) this racial divide.

      Compulsory integration was created by white Christina males in 1964 (civil rights act). White males have followed the laws with regard to this new system ... THAT THEY NEVER WANTED FORCED ON THEM.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It's amazing that people concern themselves with Lincoln's racism, but not with his acts of ruthless brutality and imperialism in conquering sovereign states by Total War without limit or restraint-- including under false pretense of denying that national sovereignty. It's just like what Saddam Hussein did to Kuwait, and we fought a major war to STOP-- but Lincoln did it to the sovereign American states, and still the federal government draws validation from that act despite that the states are proven sovereign, ignorance to this fact notwithstanding.

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      Nate On A Plate 5 years ago from California, Way Up North and Too Far Inland for Me

      Fascinating! I'm always interested in learning something new about our true history, especially since I know what we usually hear and read is not the whole truth or misleading. I never could buy it that the Civil War really had anything to do with ending slavery. My understanding is that it really had to do with industrialization and economic interests.

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      earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Information I wasn't aware of, sad to think the reality is not what is know to the general public. History books should reflect the truth.

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      BruceJackson1 5 years ago

      Good spin on historical data that is available to us all if we would go beyond the popular beliefs that such prominent individuals did not have personal views and at times public opinions that conflict with or contradict the public perception of history's writers. That was a bold lens with some facts for us all to face.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      He shot down Emancipation TWICE!! First, General John C. Fremont declared slaves in his military district of Missouri free in August 1861. Lincoln overturned this. Second, Union Gen. David Hunter declared slaves in, SC, GA, and FLA forever free in 1862. Lincoln said he would only free slaves if it became "a necessity indispensable to the maintenance of the government". He created Legal Slavery with the Enrollment Act of 1863 that led to Federal troops shooting innocent civilians. He suspended Habeas Corpus, illegally imprisoned Maryland's delegates so they couldn't vote to secede, imprisoned thousands of Northern journalist, started a war so he would not lose taxes on most major ports (e.g. Charleston and the South), used blacks as a scapegoat for war, declared slaves free in a part of the country that seceded in order to resupply his army, sent hundreds of thousands of black and white Americans to die, ignored State's Rights (free trade with countries, self gov., NOT SLAVERY), took arms against his beloved 'Union', sent a literal mad man named Sherman to burn people and their lives into ashes, and threw a hissy fit when General Lee turned down command of the Union Army (that is why Arlington Cemetery is Lee's backyard).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Lincoln was the worst president this country ever had. He turned the constitution on its head by denying the southern states their constitutional right to peacefully leave the union and turned his wrath on northern states like New York who knew it was wrong to attack their southern neighbors. In fact he treated New York with no less contempt than he treated the south by killing tens of thousands and imposing martial law. Southerners should understand the broad solidarity that new yorkers had with them.

      Lincoln was a tyrant responsible for the deaths of a million people or more, the subversion of our constitution, and the destruction of the sovereignty of the states and their citizens rights. It is true that the winning side writes the 'history' books and so people view him now, with Washington and Jefferson as one of our greatest presidents. It's a shame that he's honored at Mt. Rushmore and a disgrace that he is on the penny and the five dollar bill.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      It is true that Lincoln himself was essentially a tyrant and a scumbag; however, he was a tyrant and scumbag who, inadvertently, stumbled into waging a war of liberation and effecting a revolution from above against the planter aristocracy of the South. The real heroes of that revolution are, of course, the people who rose up against slavery from below--the Nat Turners and John Browns, the poor white southerners who saw through the planters' deceptions and fought against their tyranny, and the countless northern soldiers who gave their lives for the cause of emancipation, a cause which Lincoln himself only adopted because it was the only way to restore the morale of his troops. The tragedy of the revolution is that it was ultimately co-opted by northern industrial interests more concerned about profit than about human life.

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      jeffersonline 5 years ago

      I'm English, and have been spoon fed 'Lincoln the bountiful' since my schooldays. This truly is an eye opening lens, and I thank you for putting it together for us. This is what puts Squidoo head and shoulders above other miniblog platforms out there, and makes for a real community. Great lens, and thanks again.

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      Barbara 5 years ago from USA

      All I can say is wow!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Whoa! Who woulda thunk it~

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: very, very sharp insight. However, Lincoln adopted emancipation because of the increasing flow of "contraband". Of course, he meant blacks who were leaving the South toward Union lines. Since blacks decided they would take advantage of the circumstances, as anyone would have, it became apparent that emancipation could help the Union effort by essentially breaking the means for the southern slave economy. He literally hit them in the wallet.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: the congress could of bought all the slaves and freed them all without shedding a drop of blood. it happened in europe, no reason we couldn't of done it.

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      ernieplotter 5 years ago

      Great lens, I do like facts!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ah you moderate comments so that's why only the looney comments supporting this article appear.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You people are all idiots, and you don't understand history. This article is a joke. Nobody can be stupid enough to believe it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A great man? I think he did what he believed was right. Have you ever been so much as the head of a high-school party committee let alone shoulder the responsibility of being POTUS?

      Being a racist isn't mutually exclusive of being against slavery. Thomas Jefferson was a racist and owned slaves, yet was very much against slavery. Also being a racist doesn't mean one is wrong. Do you deny there are differences between the races? When's the last time there was a white short distance sprinting Olympic gold medalist? Name the last 3 black world chess champions? Jefferson and Lincoln reached the same conclusions about blacks that many objective observers make. Yet they were also against the subjugation of human beings.

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      gregoryolney lm 6 years ago

      Isn't it strange how history can be so inaccurate ? Lincoln isn't the only "heroic" figure who has been exposed. But will the USA ever officially admit that it is wrong to lionise him ? I doubt it ! Well done - keep up the good work !

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very interesting reading,Though i don't have the Vitriol as most of the commentators, I have know about many of these Facts, FDR is another man championed as a saint, But when you think of where things are heading for this country. his policies started this road to ruin. He didn't want to leave the White house either.

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      DallasNicole LM 6 years ago

      This is a great lens! I like how you are not afraid to express your honest opinion on a subject... Blessed

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This post is a great service. Lincoln turned the federal government into the all-consuming war machine that it is today. Some might say that the end of slavery was the silver lining to Lincoln's power grab, but slavery didn't promptly end, it was instead renamed 'indentured servitude'. Only finally ending when mechanization of the South was complete. Slavery, as around the world, came to a practical end no sooner than it would have without Lincoln's genocidal rampage. The only tragedy of his death is that he couldn't bleed enough to make up for the amount of blood he spilled.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lincoln was a tryrant. It furstrates me even more that americans now glorify him as a hero. He was the closest to tyranny the United States ever came. No one ever tells the whole story about him either. No school teacher will ever tell you that he oredered the attacs of several CIVILIAN targets. They will never tell you about all the times that he acted without or completely against congressional approval simply because the military supported him so much. I doubt anyone here knows that several congressman and senators from around the country were concerned that he would even leave his position after his 4 years because of his support from the military.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @HELIO2010: fck u he's the best president

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Absolutely right about him caring nothing of the black race. He freed them only to use them for voting power. Booth was absolutely correct in everything he said about Lincoln. And he was a Republican.

      This just goes to show that the party doesn't matter. It's the person's ideals, morals, and values. Lincoln was nothing but a power-hungry tyrant.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have been aware of the "qualities" of Lincoln since DiLorenzo's work. When the "qualities" of this man are known, it becomes clear why he has been deified by the collectivists.

      In this tyrant, America had its first Caesar, the one who sowed the seeds for the rise of amerika.

      He should be buried in an unmarked grave and history set straight with respect to this abomination in human form who was, indeed, a liar, cheat and racist.

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      HELIO2010 7 years ago

      I HAVE BEEN STUNNED DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS TO LEARN THAT LINCOLN WAS A RACIST! as more facts come to light concerning the feelings he had for African Americans, the more disappointment I feel. I SAW A DOCUMENTARY ON THE HISTORY CHANNEL recently that showed that near the end of Lincoln's life, the admiration among black Americans had grown so enormous that many times when they saw him in person, some, would resort to to bowing on their knees to HIM! But I wonder how they would have felt if they heard him speak these words,THERE MUST BE A POSITION OF SUPERIOR AND INFERIOR AND I AM IN FAVOR OF ASSIGNING THE SUPERIOR POSITION TO THE WHITE MAN. If I ever visit Washington D.C. believe me ,I won't go see the Lincoln memorial!!!!!

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      religions7 7 years ago

      He was a man of his word and a man of his time. But yes, he was more a man who cared for the appearance than the substance. Great lens. Blessed.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You are correct in you evaluation of this tyrant. I would hope that one day this country would come to it's senses, and tear down all the monuments that have been constructed in the image of this destroyer of the real american people.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Lincoln was a monster who destroyed our republic using lies and manpulation to push the agenda of the NY bankers. He is loved because we have been brainwashed to believe that the head long run to one world government serves us best and nothing else matters. How interesting that he is the love of the left too. The poor dummies like Mark Levine, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity who have a daily worship of this man speaks either to their stupidity or lack of values or an agenda....

      One step toward real freedom is to throw off the lies of lincoln. He enslave us all to a central government.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I am soooo glad a few people actually know the truth about Lincoln. He was a warmonger and a murderer. Only he could rage war and kill 600K Americans under the call for solidarity. He was and is our worst president ever. I only wish history had written it that way.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I am so glad people can now still know the truth about this sadistic tyrant. Facts are stuborn things and I am eternally grateful for that.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Lincoln wanted a "lily-white America with no native-americans, african-americans, and Martin Luther Kings."

      sad but true... and to think, Obama used the same bible as Lincoln at the Inauguration Ceremony, he went to Lincoln's hometown before the Inauguaration, and traveled the same route as Lincoln from Lincoln's hometown (Springfield) to the Inauguration...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Racism and slavery was and still is something that can not be justified period! It does not matter what era you are from. It turns my stomach that Obama praises Lincoln so much also. Barack is very intelligent and Im sure he and Michelle both know how Lincoln was and really felt about black people in comparison to white people and equality. But just like Lincoln Obama is a politician. That fact alone speaks for itself. Lincoln had an agenda and it wasn't freeing slaves. It was mostly saving the union ,which is respectable to a large degree, and(just like the gop today) partly satisfying the corporate interest of railroad companies. But never was equality or human rights for Blacks part of his agenda. It just so happens that in order to save the union the emancipation proclamation was necessary. We as a country need to teach our kids the truth about our history so we can learn from the mistakes of our 4 fathers and work towards a "more perfect union" for all occupants of this country.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to tina] If you folks would look at all the evidence and see Lincoln's growth, you would see he was open and intelligent beyond even perhaps us today.

      His views changed in time, and he also had to evolve slowly or else nothing would have been done or accepted by the vast racist white America.

      Lincoln nursed his own valet, a Mr. Johnson, when he was gravely ill, and he buried this man with the word "citizen" on his tombstone, before African Americans were citizens. He also had a fascinating relationship with Frederick Douglas, with sincere mutual respect, and he greatly valued Douglas' views. He DID say that maybe only intelligent African Americans should vote. BUt maybe this should be true of ALL Americans allowed to vote anyway!

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      seitler 8 years ago

      Atlanta, that's not true. If you'll look again, the third quote on this lens was taken from a letter Lincoln wrote in 1863. So it *does* show Lincoln's views throughout his political career.

      To reiterate: Lincoln is not a hero in my home, because he was a racist who played the slavery issue merely to advance his own political career.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You are all nuts. You take Lincoln out of his time and judge him by beliefs and opinions of today. You include only statements that would seem to prove your argument and exclude statements that would seem to disprove your argument. You fail to show how Lincolns views and opinions grew and changed from the 1850s to 1864, just as all humans views and opinions change (including your own). Reading your statements angers me and makes me regret going to this website.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      To imagine that Lincoln felt any special empathy for the blacks of the mid nineteenth century ignores such items as his plan to emigrate them all . . . to Africa, Santo Domingo or anywhere but here. Consider for a moment that if secession were not constitutionally permissible, (as I would suggest) then Lincoln oversaw the needles killing of 300,000 Americans and the destruction of billions of dollars of American property. The 'Union' had been preserved at the point of a gun. How is that different than the violent takeover of Poland?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      It really is less important what Lincoln really believed about slavery and the equality or inequality of blacks and whites. The logical conclusion by any reasonable person is that a man who led our nation into a war where 600,000 Americans perished, and another million or so suffered permanent physical and mental consequences, cannot be called a great leader or a a saint. Because slavery was truly evil, and Jim Crow inequality was and still is a horrific evil (thank God, to a lesser extent since the 60's and progress from the Civil Rights Laws) -- and because slavery "officially" (but not actually) ended with the Civil War -- cannot begin to justify all the suffering and death of the Civil War. Along with slavery, the Civil War itself was truly evil and utterly unjustifiable.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      that is why it sickens me that obama praises him and he would not have even respected him as a man.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to ForTruth] Don't be surprised, it's all true. The civil war wasn't about slavery, it was about keeping people from being able to govern themselves. 15 minutes after the constitution was created there were those who sought to tear it down and the ancestors of those people have done a great job. Its called the ratchet effect. Do something crazy and extreme and when things get "back to normal" they are in fact just a little worse. It goes on and on. How many freedoms did we lose in the pursuit of the Iraq war? When it ends, we may get a few back but it will never be the same as before. The same for all past, future and present events.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      All I can really say is that if this is true about Lincoln, how much more tragic does it make the irony of his assasignation at the hands of John Wilkes Boothe(a known racist) because he wanted to end slavery? This is very interesting to read about, and given that history is made up of mostly lies anyway, I would not be that surprised if it were true.

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      Donaldson_Grisham 8 years ago

      Great lens! You provide a lot of great information and resources here. We'd love for you to visit our Civil War lens and say hello when you get the chance.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Lincoln was a LIAR. He is held as a god in the GOP but the reality is he stole his election (Much like W did in 2000) by flooding the election hall with 300 supporters who entered with FAKE tickets.

      lastly, lets not forget he shredded the Constitution by disallowing succession.

      How fitting that He's an Icon of the GOP:

      LINCOLN IS A LIAR AND A FAKE.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Good post.

      However, it is sad to read the comments of the deluded masses (ie: Tim, Geoff, Nick, et.al.) who still worship at the alter of Lincoln just like brainwashed cult members who refuse to hear the truth, even when it is spelled out for them. Wake up, people! Lincoln was the worst of the worst.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This shouldn't be any blow of your view of Lincoln, he was still a great man. You must remember, he was a man of his times. Sure, he thought less of blacks. Who didn't? But he held to his word, which is what marks his extreme character.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      If you unerstood the political envirnment of the time you would see that Lincoln's words were in fact very liberal for his time. No man can be free from all the ideals of his time, and Lincoln unfortunately did appeal to ideology of the people he was running to represent at the time. Studies show his language was harsher in southern Illinois, were racist attitudes were prevelent. However it should be noted Lincoln was far more open minded to the idea of politically equality than nearly any significant politican of his day. Also as a more mature man his actions more than his words show that in later years Lincoln indeed repected blacks and did in fact take the well being of the black population in America very seriously. It must be remembered that Lincoln never saw the Civil War as a true war, he always acted as President of both the North and the South and his actions were conducted uner this assumption.

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Wow. This is such a blow to the image I have of Lincoln. Ignorance is bliss...

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      It is about time someone speaks truth