Was Abraham Lincoln, the 'Great Emancipator', a racist? This question is raised again by the news that a copy of a book about 'racial science' has been identified as having Lincoln's handwriting in its pages.
It's a perennial question, a deeply anachronistic question, but also a critically important one given Lincoln's role as perhaps the most revered and significant political figure in all of American history. It's also a question I have some level of expertise on. So without trying to answer the question in a definitive way, I thought I would provide a few factual guideposts about how to approach the issue and what we know.
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