Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

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Abraham Lincoln Character Analysis

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States, from 1861 until 1865. Although he’s often credited with single-handedly ending slavery in the U.S., the reality is much more complicated. At first, he ran for office on a racist but anti-slavery platform. Later, during the American Civil War, he famously declared that all enslaved people were free—but he didn’t actually free anyone, since enslaved Black Americans in the North were already free, and enslaved people in the South were under Confederate control. At the end of his life, Lincoln finally became an antiracist and argued that Black people should be able to vote. But John Wilkes Booth assassinated him a few days later, and Lincoln’s successor, Andrew Johnson, tried to undo his legacy.

Abraham Lincoln Quotes in Stamped

The Stamped quotes below are all either spoken by Abraham Lincoln or refer to Abraham Lincoln. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers edition of Stamped published in 2020.
Chapter 13 Quotes

On one hand, he wanted slavery gone. Black people liked that. On another hand, he didn’t think Black people should necessarily have equal rights. Racists loved that. And then, on a third hand (a foot, maybe?), he argued that the end of slavery would bolster the poor White economy, which poor White people loved. Lincoln had created an airtight case where no one could trust him (Garrison definitely didn’t), but everyone kinda… wanted to. And when Lincoln lost, he’d still made a splash as his party, the Republican Party, won many of the House seats in the states that were antislavery. So much so, that Garrison, though critical of Lincoln, kept his critiques to himself because he saw a future where maybe—maybe—antislavery politicians could take over.

Related Characters: Jason Reynolds (speaker), Abraham Lincoln, William Lloyd Garrison
Page Number: 101
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Abraham Lincoln Character Timeline in Stamped

The timeline below shows where the character Abraham Lincoln appears in Stamped. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13: Complicated Abe
Racism vs. Antiracism Theme Icon
History and the Present Theme Icon
Americans usually think of Abraham Lincoln as an antiracist “Great Emancipator,” but the truth is much more complicated. Like Jefferson, he... (full context)
Racism vs. Antiracism Theme Icon
History and the Present Theme Icon
Power, Profit, and Privilege Theme Icon
Lincoln even promised to let the South keep slavery. But when he won the election, Southern... (full context)
Chapter 14: Garrison’s Last Stand
Racism vs. Antiracism Theme Icon
History and the Present Theme Icon
Power, Profit, and Privilege Theme Icon
How Racist Ideas Spread Theme Icon
After Lincoln’s death, Garrison decided to retire. Slavery was over, he thought, so his job was done.... (full context)