Reply To: Lincoln and the 13th Amendment


I had emailed Thomas DiLorenzo this same question and he pointed me to a passage in David Donald’s biography, “Lincoln” on page 554 (the page is available to preview on amazon: )

After reading the page in context I don’t see much evidence in that to support DiLorenzo’s claim that Donald believed that Congress “forced” Lincoln into supporting the amendment. In fact the passages on page 554 actually explicitly quotes Lincoln saying positive things about the amendment and encouraging Democrats to support it.

Am I missing something here or is DiLorenzo off base on this?