By Russell Freedman
From the writer of Lincoln: A Photobiography, comes a clear-sighted, conscientiously researched account of 2 strangely parallel lives and the way they intersected at a serious second in U.S. historical past. Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass have been either selftaught, either nice readers and believers within the value of literacy, either males born terrible who by means of their very own efforts reached positions of strength and prominence—Lincoln as president of the us and Douglass because the most famed and influential African American of his time. although their conferences have been few and short, their trade of principles helped to finish the Civil conflict, reunite the state, and abolish slavery.
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5 The perils ministers faced in their dealings with executives were often horriﬁc: not only could they be subject to gruesome torture and a slow painful death, their extended families could also be, simply on the basis of unsubstantiated slander, summarily wiped out. But it was not only the ministers who were in jeopardy; executives were as well, thus the constant warnings by their officials to beware of possible intrigues and conﬂ icted allegiances among their advisors.
Nevertheless, I insist that a thorough and careful reading of the texts does point to, if not conclusively deﬁ ne, certain boundaries. ” Commonsense propositions are, by deﬁ nition, transparent, self-evident, their truth perceived as immediate and obvious. They are the propositions to which members of a community would readily assent and, in general, are so pedestrian as to be almost banal. 2 But the lack of comprehension, ours or others, should not automatically render them spurious. Though they may not be ﬁ rmly certain to all, they have the certainty of a life community, thus, for that community, of being certain beyond reasonable doubt.
Emperor Wu became enraged at this, excising these annals and throwing the excised portions away. Even today there are records on these two annals but not the documents themselves. Later, Sima Qian was involved in the Li Ling affair and thereafter was sent to the Silkworm Chamber to be castrated. This is all due to the concealed misgivings on Emperor Wu’s part, not on the Historian Sima Qian’s part. 司馬遷記事，不虛美，不隱惡。 劉向﹑揚雄服其善敘事，有良史之才，謂之實錄．漢武帝聞其述史記，取孝景及 己本紀覽之，於是大怒，削而投之。於今此兩紀有錄無書。後遭李陵事，遂下 遷蠶室。此為隱切在孝武，而不在於史遷也。22 The initial sentiment, that Sima Qian’s work did not vacuously eulogize the exemplary nor cravenly conceal the ﬂawed, was expressed earlier by Ban Gu in his biography of Sima Qian.
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship by Russell Freedman