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 Posted: Mon Sep 22nd, 2008 02:46 am
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Sometimes I like to ponder if Lincoln had lived out his 2nd term, would the rights of persons of color had been respected by everyone and Washington, DC as well. Would their right to enfranchisement have been respected? Would the KKK have been such a significant, albeit negative, part of our history?

It would be pleasant to assume that Lincoln would have worked very hard to guarantee enfranchisement of persons of color. But I don't think he would have or could have.

The people of the US, north and south, weren't ready to grant equality. Lincoln might have gotten away with the franchise for a few, and for veterans, but nowhere near all. That would take time.


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