Phillip W. Magness

U.S. Economic & Political History

Lincoln and the Wadsworth Letter: a Reconstruction Forgery?

| March 26, 2014

One of the most unusual documents in the¬†Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln¬†(Roy Basler, ed) is an excerpt of a letter allegedly written in 1864 by Lincoln to Gen. James S. Wadsworth. The document seems to reveal Lincoln’s support for universal black suffrage while also hinting at elements of an egalitarian turn in his racial views. […]