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"I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator. As a law professor and civil rights lawyer and as an African-American, I am fully aware of his limited views on race. Anyone who actually reads the Emancipation Proclamation knows it was more a military document than a clarion call for justice." - Barack Obama

Wow. A democrat chipping at one of the foundation myths of his own party? I think I need to check this guy out.

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rabidkitten
Jun. 27th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
rabidkitten
Jun. 28th, 2005 12:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know you are the only one who will read it. It is long and covers lots of history. So here is the part regarding Lincoln:

It was not only Lincoln’s gifted rhetoric that got the Union through Cold Harbor and the Wilderness, but after the war’s initial months of hard fighting, his reinvention of the North’s very aims, from a utilitarian struggle to restore the United States to a moral crusade to end slavery and the power of the plantationists for good. In that effort, he was willing to suspend habeas corpus, sidestep the Congress, and govern large chunks of the border-states through martial law.

Did the end justify the means? Most people agree that it did, even though most experts also agree that slavery wouldn't have lasted much longer even without The Civil War.
readherring
Jun. 27th, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC)
Erm, while I applaud your open mindedness with Obama, I feel that I should remind you that Lincoln was a Republican. :)
bxiie
Jun. 28th, 2005 02:26 am (UTC)
Not sure of your point?
readherring
Jun. 28th, 2005 11:36 am (UTC)
The point is that neither Lincoln nor the emancipation proclamation were parts of the foundation of the Democratic party. Except that Lincoln swayed a lot of southerners to vote Democrat for the next 100 years.
bxiie
Jun. 28th, 2005 02:29 am (UTC)
Well, while the republican party has histrically been the party supporting civil rights, I've always felt that Lincoln was an opportunist.
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