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February 11th, 2009
Watch Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on "The Today Show"

On the eve of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. appeared on NBC’s “The Today Show” to talk about LOOKING FOR LINCOLN, Lincoln’s role in the end of slavery, and the president’s continuing impact on America.

  • Dean Farmer

    Unless I misheard abount black ownership in Illinois, I refer you to New Philadelphia founded by Frank McWhorter, a black man, in 1830’s in Pike County, IL. An interesting story in itself.

  • Jacqueline Celestin

    History Alive !!!

  • Marion

    I didn’t see this interview but just watched the actual airing of ‘LOOKING FOR LONCOLN’ and I have to say brava. I really enjoyed it and fournd it extremely informative, insightful, honest & personal. I found the ‘host’ to be compelling, I felt I needed to know as much as he did.
    The journey was profound and the results where inspiring. To see so many brilliant people so enthralled by someone, albeit not just anyone, so steeped in history and controversy, it made me proud to be an American, correction Abe Lincoln & Henry Louis Gates, Jr. made me proud to be an American.
    Thank you.

  • John Forcone

    I enjoyed the program “Looking For Lincoln” by Mr.Henry Louis Gates,Jr. It was excellent! There is something interesting to think about. It is not who we were, but who we become in life. It was not who St. Peter was, it was who St. Peter became. As with Lincoln, it was not who Lincoln was, it was who Lincoln became.
    Thank you,
    John

  • unconditional

    Lincoln as recovering racist and came full circle and Illinois had a law against Black settling there and dearest Henry still think without a doubt that Lincoln was the greatest president.

  • ZAMIL

    IN SPITE OF MANY CRITICISM ABOUT THE LINCOLN MANY MORAN IN PAST. I THINK THAT,HE WAS A STRONG NATION
    KEEPER BY GIVING RIGHT TO THE BLACK PEOPLE AND SOLVE
    MANY ISSUE IN PAST.I PERSONALLY GREATLY PRAISE HIM.

  • hueygunner

    Thanks to Abraham Lincoln’s handling of the crisis, the nation was plunged into internecine warfare that basically destroyed the country the Unionists fought to preserve. The United States is no longer the great constitutional democracy that our founding fathers envisioned more than 200 years ago. Instead, it’s a world-power that’s on a downhill slope to ultimate ruin. When the Federal government made war on its own rebellious sister-states, the beginning of the end was put into motion. What started as a confederation of sovereign states united for the purposes of common wealth and defense has morphed into a out-of-control empire ruled by a select few movers-and-shakers, mostly multi-national businesses, rather than The People. Government of the people, by the people, and for the people perished with the first shot fired at Fort Sumter. Thanks to Lincoln’s violation of the truce and Major Andersen’s jockeying for a better position to fight the impending battle, the die was cast for war among countrymen whose bonds had grown for nearly a century.

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