Here is a quiz for all of you history buffs out there. Name the mid nineteenth century politician who made the following statement during a hard fought political campaign.

Statement: "I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races—that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything."

This is a multiple choice quiz. The choices are: (A) 1858 Illinois Senate candidate Stephen Douglas , (B) 1858 Illinois Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln , (C) President James Buchanan, (D) President Andrew Johnson.

The answer is (B) Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln made the above statement on September 18, 1858 in Charleston, the site of one of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates.

For another look at the "Great Emancipator" check out Thomas J. DiLorenzo's book "The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War". The historian and the average citizen who are not infested with cognitive dissonance should be interested in another look at the real Lincoln.

David Collins, Charleston


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