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Freedom For Very Intelligent Negroes Only.

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I have a confession to make this new Abe Lincoln is not the one I remember from my history class. The Lincoln in my mind didn't want to let my people go. Etch in my brain from early on is a Lincoln who did not like my people. I remember reading about the great abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, who was a constant thorn in Lincoln’s side. I believe the work of Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr is some of the best there is. Professor Gates have a documentary airing Wednesday Feb. 11 on PBS in which he talk about the myths of Honesty Abe. Professor Gates says there are two Lincolns—the one we studied in school, the one full of myths that we have made into the image we wanted him to be, and the other, the real Lincoln. Gates also said many believe, erroneously, that because Lincoln signed The Emancipation Proclamation, he was always against slavery and an advocate for black people. Many believe that the Proclamation freed all slaves immediately and forever. The book a…