Colonization After Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement

Stratagemo

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Here's the concluding paragraph from a review of the book by Harold Holzer, noted Lincoln scholar (emphasis is mine):

The authors are to be saluted for their enterprising and original research. They have made an important contribution to the literature. But the colonization discussion should continue. Nothing has yet convinced me that after 1863, Lincoln truly wanted African Americans to disappear from this country, or that he was doing more than appeasing conservatives and potential interventionists with such diversionary speculation. As Magness and Page themselves point out, Lincoln’s brand of conservatism “defies such easy labeling.”

Source:
http://www.historynet.com/cwt-book-review-colonization-emancipation.htm


@Pat Young P.S. I also love Bat Boy, I think it's high time Weekly World News does a follow-up piece on him. I wonder what he's up to these days?
 

wausaubob

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On the other hand actual colonization was such a small and mismanaged farce, that maybe Lincoln was proving to himself what a dumb idea it was. He's dead now, but with Ouiga board we might get around that problem.
 

5fish

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If its a true story, Lincoln the slave owner... Caught him!

BTW, I love Bat Boy.


The answer was in the negative, by the way.

Quora...

https://www.quora.com/Did-Abraham-Lincoln-own-slaves

Troy Cowan, Author of "Lincoln's family: the True Story"
Answered Sep 18, 2015 · Author has 277 answers and 1.3m answer views

Yes, Lincoln owned a slave.

When Lincoln was a lawyer in Springfield, a free black woman came to see him. She told Lincoln that her son got a job on a steamer going up and down the Mississippi. When in New Orleans, he got off to sight-see. He did not know that any unattached black could be taken and sold. Authorities captured the boy.

If he had no owner, he was now a slave. If he had an owner, the owner could do one of three things.

1) Do nothing.

2) Buyback his property at auction.

3) Claim his property and pay a small administrative fee.

With the help of a man in New Orleans, Lincoln chose to claim the boy and pay the fee. Lincoln was now a slave owner? Lincoln also paid for the boys return passage to Springfield. When the boy arrived in Springfield, Lincoln turned the boy over to his mother.


It sounds like Lincoln spent a fair amount of a money to get this boy home...
 

5fish

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Found Lincoln's first freed slave... grave

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/18/abraham-lincoln-slavery-grave-minnesota

As a young lawyer, Abraham Lincoln won an Illinois supreme court case freeing 10-month-old William Costley’s mother from indentured servitude

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Nance Legins-Costley and her son William were from Pekin, a central Illinois community about 130 miles south-west of Chicago, which is what drew the interest of a local amateur historian, Carl Adams. Adams, who now lives in Stuttgart, Germany, spent years researching her and her children’s lives. Last year he published Nance: Trials of the First Slave Freed by Abraham Lincoln – a True Story of Nance Legins-Costley.

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Military records helped Adams retrace her son’s steps, but finding his gravesite required the help of a curator at the Abraham Lincoln presidential library and museum in Springfield, Illinois, and a historical researcher in Minnesota.

“We are 99.9% certain that this is William H Costley,” Adams said of the gravesite.

You will not believe what state the grave is in... read the article and find out

Here a radio interview with Adams about his find...

http://whur.com/whur/first-slave-freed-by-abraham-lincoln/
 
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unionblue

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If its a true story, Lincoln the slave owner... Caught him!







Quora...

https://www.quora.com/Did-Abraham-Lincoln-own-slaves

Troy Cowan, Author of "Lincoln's family: the True Story"
Answered Sep 18, 2015 · Author has 277 answers and 1.3m answer views

Yes, Lincoln owned a slave.

When Lincoln was a lawyer in Springfield, a free black woman came to see him. She told Lincoln that her son got a job on a steamer going up and down the Mississippi. When in New Orleans, he got off to sight-see. He did not know that any unattached black could be taken and sold. Authorities captured the boy.

If he had no owner, he was now a slave. If he had an owner, the owner could do one of three things.

1) Do nothing.

2) Buyback his property at auction.

3) Claim his property and pay a small administrative fee.

With the help of a man in New Orleans, Lincoln chose to claim the boy and pay the fee. Lincoln was now a slave owner? Lincoln also paid for the boys return passage to Springfield. When the boy arrived in Springfield, Lincoln turned the boy over to his mother.


It sounds like Lincoln spent a fair amount of a money to get this boy home...

Proving what?
 
Joined
Oct 3, 2005
If its a true story, Lincoln the slave owner... Caught him!







Quora...

https://www.quora.com/Did-Abraham-Lincoln-own-slaves

Troy Cowan, Author of "Lincoln's family: the True Story"
Answered Sep 18, 2015 · Author has 277 answers and 1.3m answer views

Yes, Lincoln owned a slave.

When Lincoln was a lawyer in Springfield, a free black woman came to see him. She told Lincoln that her son got a job on a steamer going up and down the Mississippi. When in New Orleans, he got off to sight-see. He did not know that any unattached black could be taken and sold. Authorities captured the boy.

If he had no owner, he was now a slave. If he had an owner, the owner could do one of three things.

1) Do nothing.

2) Buyback his property at auction.

3) Claim his property and pay a small administrative fee.

With the help of a man in New Orleans, Lincoln chose to claim the boy and pay the fee. Lincoln was now a slave owner? Lincoln also paid for the boys return passage to Springfield. When the boy arrived in Springfield, Lincoln turned the boy over to his mother.


It sounds like Lincoln spent a fair amount of a money to get this boy home...
If the story is true, then Lincoln didn't become a slave owner, he freed a young man forced into slavery.
 
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Mister Cowan is also under the impression that Lincoln and Jefferson Davis were brothers. And a lot of other...unique...opinions. So I'm going to stick with not owning slaves.
 
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