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How A U.S. President And A
Former Slave Who Sometimes
Disagreed Became Friends

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Posted By: Harlowe, 2/19/2021 1:16:12 AM

The two men came from extremely modest means, one even more than the other. Primarily because each understood the rare power of self-education and the gift of books, both went on to have lives of remarkable celebrity, accomplishing extraordinary things for our nation.(Snip)In the presidential election of 1860, as the Democratic Party was famously pro-slavery, Douglass publicly endorsed the Republican candidate. This candidate, of course, was Abraham Lincoln, who won the White House with less than 40 percent of the popular vote, but successfully earned the majority of Electoral College votes. Writing a month after Lincoln’s election in 1860, Douglass half-heartedly celebrated the would-be Great Emancipator’s victory:

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Harlowe 2/19/2021 1:18:42 AM (No. 701254)
FTA: “Douglass explained that for 50 years, the “haughty and imperious slave oligarchy” has been the “masters of the Republic,” and their authority “almost undisputed.” But Douglass recognized this was no longer the case. In his essay entitled “The Late Election,” Douglass expressed at length his expectation from this unexpected electoral outcome: “Lincoln’s election has vitiated their authority, and broken their power. It has taught the North its strength, and shown the South its weakness. More important still, it has demonstrated the possibility of electing, if not an Abolitionist, at least an anti-slavery reputation to the Presidency of the United States. The years are few since it was thought possible that the Northern people could be wrought up to the exercise of such startling courage. “Hitherto the threat of disunion has been as potent over the politicians of the North, as the cat-o’-nine-tails is over the backs of the slaves. Mr. Lincoln’s election breaks this enchantment, dispels this terrible nightmare, and awakes the nation to the consciousness of new powers, and the possibility of a higher destiny than the perpetual bondage to an ignoble fear.” A good reason for minorities to support the Electoral College.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rather Read 2/19/2021 5:46:33 AM (No. 701344)
Frederick Douglass was a thoughtful man. He's about as unlike Ibrahm X. Kendi and Ta-Nehisi Coates as can be.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: privateer 2/19/2021 6:55:01 AM (No. 701378)
Very enjoyable read of important history. I especially appreciated the author's mention of the Freedmen's Monument in Lincoln Park. The same one that some contemporary People Of Calor, displaying their studied ignorance of, and shameful disdain for the efforts and sacrifices once made on their behalf, would tear down or banish from public sight. If Lincoln becomes a non-person, will his friend Douglass be far behind?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 2/19/2021 10:47:23 AM (No. 701668)
I can't wait until March 1st
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Reply 5 - Posted by: columba 2/19/2021 11:47:52 AM (No. 701754)
The article is a good one. I note that the author is unaware that presidential inaugurations were done in March back then. Thus, the war began just WEEKS after Lincoln became President (rather than months).
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