frederick douglass quotes on lincoln

Despite the mist and haze that surrounded him; despite the tumult, the hurry, and confusion of the hour, we were able to take a comprehensive view of Abraham Lincoln… Douglass now understood this awesome burden of the presidency, even though it grated on him. It must be admitted, truth compels me to admit, even here in the presence of the monument we have erected to his memory, Abraham Lincoln was not, in the fullest sense of the word, either our man or our model. […] Any man can say things that are true of Abraham Lincoln, but no man can say anything that is new of Abraham Lincoln. George Washington Dreads Assuming the Presidency: He Feels as if He's Being Led to His ExecutionAutograph Quotation Signed, from the beginning of the last paragraph of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address; 1 page, sextodecimo, no place or date.Abraham Lincoln: He'll Speak Where it will do Good - Not as a Compliment to HimselfTerms of Service, Privacy Policy, DisclaimerContemporary Copy of Chase's Letter to Abraham Lincoln in Support of General Hunter's Emancipation OrderWith Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial"With malice towards none and charity towards all" "With Malice Toward None," Abraham Lincoln's Words, In His Own Hand, From His Second Inaugural AddressAbraham Lincoln Suggests Suffrage for Some Louisiana Blacks: The "Very Intelligent" and Union Veterans Frederick Douglass Quotes on Abraham Lincoln. … for while Abraham Lincoln saved for you a country, he delivered us from a bondage, according to Jefferson, one hour of which was worse than ages of the oppression your fathers rose in rebellion to oppose.”“It mattered little to us what language he might employ on special occasions; it mattered little to us, when we fully knew him, whether he was swift or slow in his movements; it was enough for us that Abraham Lincoln was at the head of a great movement, and was in living and earnest sympathy with that movement, which, in the nature of things, must go on until slavery should be utterly and forever abolished in the United States. … We saw him, measured him, and estimated him; not by stray utterances to injudicious and tedious delegations, who often tried his patience; not by isolated facts torn from their connection; not by any partial and imperfect glimpses, caught at inopportune moments; but by a broad survey, in the light of the stern logic of great events, and in view of that divinity which shapes our ends, rough hew them how we will, we came to the conclusion that the hour and the man of our redemption had somehow met in the person of Abraham Lincoln.”Douglass then refers to Lincoln’s stance toward Union first and foremost—even to the point of enforcing the existing slaws of slavery, as the president discussed to in his first inaugural address. If destroying slavery didn’t fit into the immediate plans, so be it. Within the article, Douglass praised President Lincoln for the decision and assured readers of its legitimacy: “Abraham Lincoln may be slow, Abraham Lincoln may desire peace even at the price of leaving our terrible national sore untouched, to fester on for generations, but Abraham Lincoln is not the man to reconsider, retract and contradict words and purposes solemnly proclaimed over his … My ethnic heritage is Scotch, Irish, German and a smattering of Cherokee (verified by my Dad). I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be … We must do this by labor, by suffering, by sacrifice, and, if needs be, by our lives, and the lives of others. - Frederick Douglass, quoted in Allen Thorndike Rice’s Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln by Distinguished Men of His Time, 1888 Douglass quotes here from the beginning of the last paragraph of what he deemed Lincoln's “sacred effort”, the Second Inaugural: With … …In 2007 and 2008, no fewer than three books came out exploring the friendship between and “parallel” lives of Douglass and Lincoln. During the speech, Douglass said Lincoln was "the white man's president, devoted to the welfare of white men." Truth is proper and beautiful at all times and in all places, and it is never more proper and beautiful in any case than when speaking of a great public man whose example is likely to be commended for honor and imitation long after his departure to the solemn shades, the silent continents of eternity.