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Henry Louis Gates on Lincoln and Race by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates on Lincoln and Race

by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


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American writer and and public intellectual Henry Louis Gates examines Abraham Lincoln's views on race in this interview conducted at the Aspen Institute. While the 16th U.S. President has achieved an eternal legacy for the emancipation proclamation, this does not mean that his personal views on race were quite as evolved. Gates explains how over the course of Lincoln's public life people like Frederick Douglass had a galvanizing personal effect on him, leading to Lincoln's later conviction that there was no important difference between the races.


Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discusses two books he has coming out in early 2009 -- Lincoln on Slavery and Race (Princeton) and In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past (Crown Books).

The Lincoln book is a companion piece to a PBS documentary.

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