10 Questions for Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The historian hosts PBS's Looking for Lincoln, airing Feb. 11. Henry Louis Gates Jr. will now take your questions

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Henry Louis Gates Jr.

You recently wrote about the complex feelings Abraham Lincoln held toward black people. Could you expand on that? Bill Bre, BREMEN, GERMANY

A fundamental part of Lincoln's moral compass was his opposition to slavery. But it took him a long time to embrace black people. We were raised with a fairy-tale representation that because he hated slavery, he loved the slaves. He didn't. He was a recovering racist. He used to use the N word. He told darky jokes. He resisted abolition as long as he could. But in the end, he was on an upward arc, one that was quite...

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