Hmm, my previous response has vanished into the nethersphere.

Sled, I agree and had posted an interesting quote from Lincoln himself that gives quite a bit of insight into the great emancipator.

It is certainly not taught in the schools, and I had to drag it out as well as a few others to show my eldest during one particular history lesson, they spend almost no time on real history anymore.

Here goes again.

“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”by:Abraham Lincoln(1809-1865)

16th US PresidentSource:Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858(The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, pp. 145-146.)