Monday, June 27, 2005

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama on Lincoln

Obama, who occupies the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois that Lincoln lost to Stephen Douglas in 1858, wrote about how Lincoln shaped his life in an upcoming special issue of Time magazine.

"'I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator,' Obama said. 'As a law professor and civil rights lawyer and as an African-American, I am fully aware of his limited views on race. Anyone who actually reads the Emancipation Proclamation knows it was more a military document than a clarion call for justice.'"

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