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Abraham Lincoln
The Sun's southern sympathies
The Sun's southern sympathies

The Sun's editorial-writing forebears were wrong about President Abraham Lincoln, but their errors extended far beyond the president ("The Sun and President Lincoln," April 17). In the early 1860s, the Sun showed it was not only sympathetic to the states' rights argument that the southern states mounted to defend and spread slavery, the Sun editors and correspondents also offered views in support of the southern states' secessionist threats and action. In the days following the attack on Fort Sumter and the Pratt Street riot, the Sun's editors argued against a coming war on the basis of southern states' constitutional right to leave the union. Sun...