Lincoln and the Wadsworth Letter: a Reconstruction Forgery?

One of the most unusual documents in theĀ Collected Works of Abraham LincolnĀ (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. …

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