MORE THAN THIRTY years ago I published an article entitled “A Man but Not a Brother: Abraham Lincoln and Racial Equality.”1 Since then a great deal has been written on this subject, some of it disagreeing with one or more points that I had made, especially my debatable suggestion that Lincolns racial views remained, essentially unchanged until his dying day.2 In this book I wish to return to the subject and broaden it by incorporating the scholarship of the past three decades as well as devoting greater attention to Lincolns view of slavery as an institution or state of being, considered apart from the race of its victims.
The book derives from the Du Bois lectures?given at
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Publication information: Book title: Big Enough to Be Inconsistent: Abraham Lincoln Confronts Slavery and Race. Contributors: George M. Fredrickson - Author. Publisher: Harvard University Press. Place of publication: Cambridge, MA. Publication year: 2008. Page number: vii.
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