Abraham Lincoln and white America / Brian R. Dirck.

By: Dirck, Brian R, 1965-Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, ©2012Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 213 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0700621822; 9780700621828Subject(s): Slaves -- Emancipation -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 973.7092 LOC classification: E457.2 | .D565 2012Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Seven Negroes -- White trash -- The Lebanon -- The white A and the black B -- The broader difference -- Some compunctions -- Abraham Africanus the first.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-206) and index.

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Seven Negroes -- White trash -- The Lebanon -- The white A and the black B -- The broader difference -- Some compunctions -- Abraham Africanus the first.

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By following Lincoln's experiences and evolving thoughts from his childhood to his presidential years, Dirck shows that Lincoln moved from the unthinking prejudices and conventions of his time to a belief that race did not determine one's character or rights. (LJ 3/15/12) (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln redefined the future of race relations in the US. In a series of acts, most notably the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln altered the status of slaves into free persons and established the principles of freedom for Americans of African descent. In establishing the definitions of "black America," Lincoln viewed the US through the prism of what it meant to be a white American. In this groundbreaking work, Dirck (Anderson Univ.) describes the emergence of "white America" and how Lincoln's experiences as a typical white American shaped his views on race and personal liberty. Lincoln was a product of the entrepreneurial spirit of the frontier, where economic advancement included an improvement in social rank and status. This, in turn, created a fear of economic failure and loss of social standing, a descent into the ranks of "white trash" that indicated personal failure. Lincoln was aware of this system but, as Dirck demonstrates, perceived a country where the opportunities of "white America" could also be the goals of "black America." This, rather than the simplistic views of the martyred Lincoln, symbolizes Lincoln's forward-thinking views on race. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. S. J. Ramold Eastern Michigan University

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