The Views Of Abraham Lincoln

1147 Words Dec 14th, 2015 5 Pages
A more recent myth that has developed is the theory that Abraham Lincoln was homosexual. This myth came to light in 1999 when Larry Kramer, the founding member of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, made the statement that Lincoln was homosexual and backed up his statement with diary excerpts from Lincoln’s bunkmate’s Diary. The excerpts read: He often kisses me when I tease him, often to shut me up… He would grab me in his long arms and hug and hug… our Abe is like a school girl” (Steers 126). Kramer also made a claim stating that John Wilkes Booth may have killed Lincoln because Booth was “virulently homophobic” (Steers 125). The theory that Lincoln was gay was taken even further when Dr. C.A. Tripp, Ph.D. released his book titled The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln. In his book, he bases his argument on Lincoln’s behavior with several different people, adding a “homosexual twist” (Steers 128). He also focuses a lot on the age in which Lincoln reached puberty and using research from Alfred Kinsley. In Kinsley’s research, he found a connection between the age in which boys start puberty and homosexual instances between boys. Historian Edward Steer argues that, even though Lincoln started puberty young that doesn’t mean he is gay or was involved in homosexual experiments. Steers states that Kinsley’s research actually draws a connection between early puberty and “increased sexual activity” ( Steers 130). Tripp also tries to use a poem remembered by Mrs. Crawford who claims…
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