University of Illinois Press
Black American’s attitudes toward the Great Emancipator is the focus of Knowing Him by Heart: African Americans on Abraham Lincoln (University of Illinois Press), edited by Fred Lee Hord and Matthew D. Norman. The essays show that African Americans’ attitudes toward Lincoln “plumb deeper than his reputation as the Great Emancipator,” writes Morel. Indeed, African Americans; attitudes toward Lincoln from his presidency to the recent past evince a “’persistent ambivalence,’” write Hord and Norman in their introduction. Morel believes that “the value of a book about Black American opinions of Lincoln resides not only in the neglected history it tells, but also the possibility it can rejuvenate a discussion of what an excluded people saw worth saving in the Great Emancipator and the nation he thought worthy of the saving.”
Morel, Lucas E.
"Knowing Him by Heart: African Americans on Abraham Lincoln,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 25
Available at: https://repository.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol25/iss2/7