To: max americana
He said that Lincoln has been tarred as a racist because of comments he made in the debates with Stephens(?). But in his neighborhood he had many black neighbors & one of his best friends was a wealthy black businessman. This man visited with him in the White House.
His wife also had a very close relationship with a black woman and they would go shopping together. When the Lincoln’s son Willie died, his wife was distraught & the only person she would allow to come to her was this black friend. This lady prepared Willie for burial. On the night Lincoln was assassinated this woman attempted to come to her, knowing she would be in need, but soldiers posted outside of the White House refused to let her enter.
Also, IIRC, Lincoln had left instructions that his black friend should lead the horse pulling his caison, but he was too distraught over the death to do it.
Unfortunately, the details are getting hazy. Old age... But that’s probably the gist of it.
posted on 02/19/2012 4:38:38 PM PST
(Marte Et Clypeo)
Thanks! I actually did not know that...that’s why I love FR. The things I learn about American history.
posted on 02/19/2012 4:42:48 PM PST
by max americana
(Buttcrack Obama is an idiot)
Washington’s slave, William Lee appears to have been the only true friend and confidant that George Washington had. Lee was trusted with the deepest military secrets General Washington had.
posted on 02/19/2012 4:47:25 PM PST
(What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
To: Twotone; max americana; cripplecreek
Lincoln has been tarred as a racist because of comments he made in the debates with Stephens(?).
Lincoln was a racist. In the fact that his public stances on the treatment of freed slaves, ie, they shouldn't be put on the same level as white men. There are many quotes by him stating such.
That doesn't mean he was hostile to the plight of blacks or that he didn't have friends who were black.but just a creature of his times and as such, should be judged according to the mores of that time. As a fact so were many great men of that time whose politically stances would be see as hateful in these times but were commonplace back then. Despite the political correctness propaganda of the left, "racist" didn't and doesn't necessarily equate to "Hate".
The judgementalism of the history by the Left is just as nauseating as is the whitewashing of history by the Right.
If the full history of our wonderful country was taught, warts and all, in the proper context, would be the most popular class in school.
Instead it is as the dry, tasteless crap that is served to public school students everyday at lunchroom.
I love history and was blessed with teachers who taught outside the bland, politically sanitized version in the text books ok'ed by committees who couldn't read them without falling to sleep.
posted on 02/19/2012 5:43:06 PM PST
(A politician's integrity is usually only as strong as his poll numbers.)
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