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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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The Coils of Friendship

The Coils of Friendship

(p.87) Chapter 7 The Coils of Friendship
Lincoln Apostate

Charles R. McKirdy

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores Lincoln’s motivations for representing slaveholder Robert Matson. It rejects claims that Lincoln was indifferent to the plight of slaves or that he held back at the Matson trial, giving it less than his best effort, because of this hatred of slavery. It then considers whether ego, money, and loyalty played a role in Lincoln’s decision. It suggests that Lincoln’s friendship with Linder influenced his decision to represent Matson.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, Robert Matson, legal representation, Usher F. Linder

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