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JOIN US ON FOR AN ONLINE PRESENTATION ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2021, AT 7:15 P.M.

FOR A PRESENTATION BY DR. MICHAEL BURLINGAME ON The Black Man's President: Abraham Lincoln, African Americans, and the Pursuit of Racial Equality

Historian David S. Reynolds aptly noted that the “bonding between the president” and both Martin Delany and Frederick Douglass “puts to rest any doubts about Lincoln’s underlying radicalism on race.” The “combination of interracial respect and black centered militancy that Lincoln displayed in his dealings with Douglass and Delany suggests that there was validity in pro-slavery comparisons between Lincoln and John Brown, one of the least racist white people in American history.” 
 

Lincoln’s claim to be considered a “radical antiracist” and a “leftist abolitionist who loathed racism” rests on more than his relationship with Douglass and Delany. His unfailing cordiality to African Americans in general, his willingness to meet with them in the White House, to honor their requests, to invite them to consult on public policy, to treat them with  respect and kindness whether they were kitchen servants or leaders of the Black community, to invite them to attend receptions and tea, to sing and pray with them on their turf, to authorize them to hold events on the White House grounds—all those manifestations of an egalitarian spirit fully justified the tributes paid to him by Frederick Douglass, Rosetta Wells, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Keckly, and other African Americans. He richly deserves the sobriquet Douglass coined: “emphatically the black man’s president.”
 

Michael Burlingame holds the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield. He has written and edited several Lincoln books, most notably a comprehensive, two-volume biography, Abraham Lincoln: A Life, which won several prizes and was listed as one of the five best books of the year by The Atlantic. In the New York Review of Books, James McPherson said that Burlingame "knows more about Lincoln than any other living person." His most recent book is An American Marriage: The Untold Story of Abraham Lincoln and Mary ToddOn November 2, Pegasus Books will release his latest work, "The Black Man's President:" Abraham Lincoln, African Americans, and the Pursuit of Racial Equality.

 

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