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Old 19 September 2013, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Jzyehoshua View Post
I think Lincoln and the rest of the Republican Party from the 1860s to 1960s were very much the driving force in stopping slavery and producing civil rights reforms.
Perhaps, but the question posed was specifically about Lincoln, not about the entire history of the Republican Party.

One could be opposed to slavery and still believe that blacks were socially/morally/physically/politically/intellectually inferior to whites. I don't believe that Lincoln held those views, but an individual's opposition to slavery isn't in itself proof that that person harbored no racist views.
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