Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States serving from 1861 – 1865. Frederick Douglass had a very complicated relationship with the man who would eventually be known as the Great Emancipator. For most of the Civil War, Douglass chastised Lincoln for not acting definitively enough in bringing about emancipation and constantly feared Lincoln would sacrifice the abolition of slavery in exchange for peace. Douglass’ views on Lincoln were greatly altered by his two meetings with the President, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the President’s later assassination.

“It must be admitted, truth compels me to admit, even here in the presence of the monument we have erected to his memory, Abraham Lincoln was not, in the fullest sense of the word, either our man or our model. In his interests, in his associations, in his habits of thought, and in his prejudices, he was a white man.”[1]

Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865 at the age of 56. He was buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.

Exact Grave GPS coordinates: 39.823283, -89.655718

[1] “Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln” in Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings, ed. Philip S. Foner and Yuval Taylor, (Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 1999), 618.

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