Henry Louis Gates on Lincoln and Race


Free Resource (#793) - April 16th, 2009
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Henry Louis Gates on Lincoln and Race

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. This talk is available on streaming video through FORA.tv.

Henry Louis Gates on Lincoln and Race

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