Note From Lincoln Found in Racist Book
Though he rejected the book's argument: curator
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2014 8:47 AM CDT
This undated photo shows what historical experts say is Abraham Lincoln's handwriting found inside a tattered book justifying racism.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum)

(Newser) – Abraham Lincoln perused a book of racist "science" before he was president and his note inside is proof, a museum says. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library confirms—by way of Lincoln's unusual style of writing the letters E and N—that one of the most popular Americans wrote an inscription inside a tattered copy of Types of Mankind, which has sat on a shelf at a small Illinois library for years. The book argues that different races were formed separately and thus African-Americans are not "fellow men," NBC Chicago reports, noting the argument was often used to justify slavery. Lincoln scribbled the name of the book's owner, Clifton Moore, inside the front cover but did not include his signature, the museum says.

So did the Great Emancipator buy the arguments he read? "Lincoln was worried that the whole idea that you could segregate one group of people based on some brand-new thinking would just carry on into other realms," a presidential library curator tells CBS Washington. "Everything we know about Lincoln's legal, religious, and scientific thinking tells us he rejected that argument." Though published in 1854, it isn't clear when Lincoln got his hands on the book. Below his inscription, however, is a note from a local attorney attesting to the fact that Lincoln wrote in the book in 1861, after he was elected president but before he left Illinois; some think it's possible he borrowed it to prepare for his presidential campaign. The Vespasian Warner Public Library eventually plans to put the book on display. (In other news, experts think they've identified a mysterious pen pal of Lincoln's.)

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Lou Bernardo
Aug 10, 2014 8:23 PM CDT
Blacks would improve themselves if they stopped living in the past 160 years ago and stopped following racists like Sharpton, Jackson and Farakkan. Only the ignorant actually believes these racebaiters. Obama sure in hell hasn't done anything for blacks, and when he opens the door to thousands of illegal Mexicans, sadly, blacks will once again be shoved to the back of the bus.
Fascist_Jack
Aug 8, 2014 5:55 AM CDT
And today's Blacks have only proven this book correct. Even with the few exceptional Black minds that have existed, there is no one that can argue that the Black race has failed one generation after the next. It's ok though, evolution is not about fairness or equality, and life is not about rooting for one race over another. Nature determines that. Attaining as much power and pleasure before one goes into nothingness (death) is all that matters. Hail Satan!
not
Aug 8, 2014 5:52 AM CDT
shows that liberals have been pushing this pseudoscience of 'race' for centuries. the unnamed author probably deserves a wing in the Democrat Hall of Fame. (seriously, how hard would it have been to include the author's name?)