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Lincoln ApostateThe Matson Slave Case$
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Charles R. McKirdy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739855

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739855.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
Lincoln Apostate

Charles R. McKirdy

University Press of Mississippi

This introductory chapter first describes the “Matson Slave Case,” where Lincoln represented a slave owner named Robert Matson in his efforts to recover five slaves—a mother and her four children. It then considers the varied reactions of historians to Lincoln’s role, which range from bewilderment to outright accusations that Lincoln had little or no genuine antipathy for slavery.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, Robert Matson, Matson Slave Case, escaped slaves, slavery

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