Phillip W. Magness

U.S. Economic & Political History

Lincoln and the case for Ben Butler’s Colonization Story

| April 16, 2015

150 years ago this week an unusual discussion took place at the White House. On a mid-April morningĀ Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler met with Abraham Lincoln to discuss what Butler later recounted as a proposal to resettle several thousandĀ freed slaves on the Isthmus of Panama. It would prove to be their final encounter, as Lincoln […]