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150 years ago, Lincoln responded to his critics

On this date in 1863, Abraham Lincoln wrote a lengthy letter to James C. Conkling, intended to be read at a public meeting of Union supporters in Springfield.  Although the letter was sent to his allies, Lincoln addressed his words to critics of his war policies, particularly emancipation.

You can read the entire letter by clicking here. ¬†Historian Louis Masur reflects on the letter’s text and public reactions to it here.

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