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Abraham Lincoln
After Lincoln's death, a new fight for freedom
After Lincoln's death, a new fight for freedom

On the morning Abraham Lincoln died from an assassin's bullet, noted abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison was gloating by the Charleston, S.C., grave of John C. Calhoun, the original philosopher of secession. On that April 15, 1865, Garrison reportedly said, "Down into a deeper grave than this, slavery has gone, and for it there is no resurrection." The trouble was that not everybody agreed with Garrison's optimistic prediction. Frederick Douglass, the most famous black abolitionist in the country, certainly lacked Garrison's confidence about the future. Douglass was at home in Rochester, N.Y., when word of the president's murder reached him, and that evening...

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