President Abraham Lincoln
President Lincoln advocated colonizing blacks outside the United States. He told a group of African American Leaders, “Your race suffers greatly, many of them, by living among us, while others suffer from your presence. In a word, we suffer on each side. If this is admitted, it affords a reason why we should be separated.” First, why did Abraham Lincoln want to colonize blacks outside the United States? Why these locations? Explain his quote stated above, what do you think he meant? How realistic was his colonization plan? What does this plan say about Abraham Lincoln? Should African Americans revere him as “The Great Emancipator?” Finally, do you think Lincoln’s views changed between 1860 and 1865?