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Did Lincoln Own Slaves?: And Other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln (edició 2008)

de Gerald J. Prokopowicz (Autor)

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Answers the most unusual, provocative, and frequently asked questions about Abraham Lincoln.
Títol:Did Lincoln Own Slaves?: And Other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln
Autors:Gerald J. Prokopowicz (Autor)
Informació:Pantheon (2008), Edition: First Edition, 352 pages
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pg. 90 "You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves." Ronald Reagan 1992 erroneously attributed to Lincoln.
pg. 172 Lincoln didn't believe the Constitution gave the federal gov. the authority to interfere with "domestic" arrangements within the states, including slavery."... "were it already existed." pg. 173
students are taught the Civil War was all about abolishing slavery, this book explains it wasn't, but the author also contradicts himself two pages later. pg. 175...:it put the Union on the side of freedom, and gave the war a new moral dimension. (emancipation procl.)
pg. 177 Q: "why didn't Lincoln pay slave holders for their slaves? That would've been easier than fighting a war."
A: Lincoln understood enough about Sothern concepts of honor and race to know how an offer like that would go over.
The truth is the war didn't begin over slavery and Lincoln had intentions of starting a black colony, but the men he discussed this with didn't have any interest. pgs. 178-179
pg. 180 Lincoln's valet was dark skinned and the light-skinned WH servants objected to his darkness. (there isn't information in this book as to the wage given to his valet). There is a female slave the Lincoln's borrowed, but again, no mention as to who received payment, the slave or the owners.
pg. 184 Restoration of white supremacy wasn't just in the South, the North had restricted neighborhoods.
pg. 226 In the era of reconciliation, the white majority in the North and South were ready to put the war and its causes (especially slavery) behind them: An unspoken agreement arose: The South would forget that it had seceded to preserve slavery, and the North would forget about enforcing the 14th & 15th amendments., which were supposed to guarantee civil rights and the vote to the former slaves.
pg. 238 there's a great joke about a current president and what Lincoln would recommend.
After each chapter are further reading suggestions for each topic; his early years, politician, emancipator, etc.
the author even suggests books he doesn't necessarily agree with, but feels they are good for comparison.
It's definitely worth the read if for nothing else the list of suggested reading. ( )
  VhartPowers | Dec 27, 2018 |
Today many websites have an FAQ section, where "frequently asked questions" are answered. Applying this concept to the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, historian Gerald J. Prokopowicz asks and answers countless questions about the sixteenth president, including the gem mentioned in the title. Prokopowicz, chair of the history department at East Carolina University, is well-suited to the task, having served for nine years at the (now closed) Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he likely heard most of these questions too many times to count.

In roughly chronological order, Prokopowicz proposes and answers questions touching key aspects of Lincoln's life, including his childhood, his adult life in Springfield, his presidency, the Gettysburg Address, and his assassination. The inquiries offer a wide perspective, responding as often to questions that might be asked by a curious child as to those from adults who have a more in-depth knowledge of history.

Prokopowicz is a pleasant authority, answering questions in a lively and engaging manner, frequently sharing a refreshing sense of humor. This writing style, along with an intelligent ordering of many questions, creates a surprising "page-turning" quality to the book, in spite of its basic Q & A approach. I expect that many will find the book to be an excellent read.

The years of study behind Prokopowicz's answers is evident as he shares knowledgeable, and often thorough, replies to the inquiries. Other Lincoln experts may argue that he comes down on the wrong side of some of the current debates in Lincoln scholarship -- I certainly disagreed with his assessments a time or two -- but cannot deny that he does a credible job explaining the contours of such controversies.

One such example is the book's title question -- did Lincoln own slaves? Rather than simply offering the basic answer, which is no, Prokopowicz uses it as a way to frame his consideration of modern doubts about portraying Lincoln as "The Great Emancipator, which is certainly one of the key current debates in the Lincoln world.

Long-time students of Lincoln are unlikely to learn much new in this book, though it does provide a handy reference to many of the common questions. Instead, this is a work intended to provide a helpful resource to the more casual student of Lincoln, who doesn't want to thumb through a biography -- and doesn't entirely trust an Internet search -- to answer basic questions about the sixteenth president.

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  ALincolnNut | Apr 4, 2012 |
Short and snappy biography of Lincoln in a Q&A format -- initially looks like pop history, but it is actually well researched, well written, and very interesting. ( )
  annbury | Apr 11, 2011 |
I really enjoyed this book. While a Lincoln scholar will not really learn too much about Lincoln (as the author comes out and says in the introduction), it does provide a very nice condensation of all sorts of facts about Lincoln presented in a breezy readable style. The book is is written in the style of a series of questions and answers (e.g., 'did Lincoln own slaves' to quote the title), then give a brief then a more detailed answer (e.g., 'No, he did not. He......'). The information is extremely accurate. There were a few places where I thought the author was going to slide into some pseudo-history that I was aware of, but he never did. If you want to learn 'just the facts, ma'am' about Lincoln without having to wade through a long biography, this would be a great place to start. This would be a great gift book for someone who is a history buff but doesn't know much about Lincoln. As an aside, I especially liked his answer to 'what is the worst book about Lincoln ever written?'. His second place worst book was "Lincoln" by Gore Vidal, a book I also hated and I have been surprised at the general positive reviews on this site. That book was pure crap, and this author calls Vidal on it. Hooray for Prokopowicz. ( )
  estamm | Oct 22, 2008 |
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