African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Abraham Lincoln

Poems by African American writers celebrating Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the sixteenth President of the United States. Lincoln, as is well-known, led the Union in the Civil War, and signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. He is credited as being the person most responsible for ending the institution of slavery that had dominated the U.S. social and political system since the country's founding. 

His tragic death at the hands of a supporter of the Confederacy turned him into an even more heroic figure. 

For many African American writers, he is a figure who elicits great respect, even reverence. Those feelings of respect and reverence can be seen in the poems below. 

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