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Lincoln on Race and Slavery
Edited and introduced by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Coedited by Donald Yacovone

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"How amazing that after 150 years, we as Americans still look back to Abraham Lincoln, above all, for guidance in our national dilemmas! Not that Lincoln provides us with easy answers--something that Henry Louis Gates, Jr., shows us in this shrewd and thoughtful selection of Lincoln's writings on our longest-bleeding national dilemmas. Frederick Douglass once spoke of Lincoln's words as 'a sacred effort.' Gates's anthology of Lincoln's words is, likewise, a sacred--and a sane and balanced--effort to introduce us to the greatest American's greatest words on our greatest problems."--Allen C. Guelzo, author of Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America

"In Lincoln on Race and Slavery, the distinguished historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has collected and ably edited all of Lincoln's public and private statements on the greatest issue of nineteenth-century American history, which he introduces with a luminous essay. This is an important book that belongs in the library of every serious student of the American Civil War."--David Herbert Donald, author of Lincoln

"Of all the great Lincolnian questions, perhaps the most vexed and interesting is his evolving attitudes about race, slavery, and the future of African Americans after abolition. In his new book, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., presents vital evidence for the reader's judgment. Just as important, in his introduction he offers a pained, exact, careful, and persuasive account of how Lincoln's economic faith in free labor underlay his opposition to slavery--but also of how that narrow faith in the free market grew over time to become a moral position of compassion and courage. For all those who wish to believe in the capacity of public men to change their views through the force of moral argument, this book will be one of the most cheering of this Lincoln year."--Adam Gopnik, author of Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life

"Lincoln on Race and Slavery is a brilliant collection of historical documents that set a critical context for the American Civil War era. Its introduction is a striking and particularly valuable contribution to the 2009 bicentennial year commemoration of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Donald Yacovone provide some of Lincoln's most powerful words to help us understand this most significant period of the nation's history and to more fully appreciate its legacy for America's present."--James Oliver Horton, coauthor of Slavery and the Making of America

"Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Donald Yacovone have produced an invaluable and timely book, indispensable for anyone interested in race relations in the United States. Gates's introductory essay is simply brilliant, the best essay there is on Lincoln's views of race and slavery. Beautifully written and penetrating in its insights, it is a fitting counterpart to Lincoln's own words on these vexed subjects."--John Stauffer, author of Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln

"Frederick Douglass once spoke of Lincoln's words as 'a sacred effort.' Gates's anthology of Lincoln's words is, likewise, a sacred--and a sane and balanced--effort to introduce us to the greatest American's greatest words on our greatest problems."--Allen C. Guelzo, author of Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America

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