Speech from Dec. 15, 1865

Abraham Lincoln, a Speech

  • Full Title

    Abraham Lincoln, a Speech

  • Description

    In this speech, Frederick Douglass reflected on how the outpouring of joy at the conclusion of the Civil War turned to mourning with Lincoln’s assassination. His death, according to Douglass was not only tragic, but also prevented recently freed slaves and African Americans from gaining the ear of wise and well-intentioned leader. Towards the end of his speech, Douglass pondered how life would have been different had Lincoln not perished in April, lamenting that his death was a great blow against African American rights.

  • Source

    Frederick Douglass Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

  • Rights

    This item is in the public domain and may be reproduced and used for any purpose, including research, teaching, private study, publication, broadcast or commercial use, with proper citation and attribution.

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    Frederick Douglass. "Abraham Lincoln, a Speech". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed March 23, 2019. https://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/812