Forced into Glory : Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream
From the paper:
Lerone Bennett?s book Forced into Glory : Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream is designed to make any reader rethink all of her or his preconceptions about Lincoln. American schoolchildren are taught that Lincoln was the savior of our nation, a man so motivated by the highest of ideals in terms of both guaranteeing the continuing union of our states and ending slavery that he willingly put himself into deadly peril.
Bennett suggests that this is not quite an accurate picture, and indeed in some measure he must be right. No one is perfectly self sacrificing, no one perfectly good, no one perfectly wise. Lincoln was flawed as any great man. He was not, however, perhaps as flawed as Bennett makes him out to be.