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Kendrick, Paul and Stephen Kendrick. “Lincoln and Douglass.”



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Kendrick, Paul and Stephen Kendrick. “Lincoln and Douglass.” American Heritage (2009): 1-2. (2)
The relationship between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln remains one which holds such depth and roots into American society that it is a shame when no one talks about it. As Paul and Stephen Kendrick illustrate in their piece, “Lincoln and Douglass”, both historical heroes in their own right recognized that “the war was nothing less than an agonizing rebirth that would either ratify or nullify” the abolishment of slavery.52 Mastering a friendship which would demonstrate potential for race relations within the United States, Douglass “came to understand that this measured politician had indeed been the essential man in this national crisis” (Kendrick 2009). Perhaps one of the most historically relevant and necessary stories ever, Lincoln first met Douglass during a conversation in 1863, when Douglass entered the room as a former slave but Lincoln left him with a feeling of equality. Douglass wrote of this moment, that Lincoln was the first white man [he] ever spent an hour with who did not remind [him he] was a Negro”.53 Friendships like Douglass and Lincoln’s exemplify an ideal race relationship where individuals are equals, sadly enough still merely an ideal in certain global situations, as well as within the United States.




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