The Views Of Abraham Lincoln

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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…show more content…
Though another myth tends to render Tripp’s invalid, this is the myth that Abraham Lincoln was romantically attached to Anna Mayes Rutledge. This myth was one of the best known myths about Lincoln’s early life. (Steer 29). The story is that Lincoln fell in love with Ann and the lovingly sent letters to each other. Ann’s cousin wrote in his diary “I am so happy [because] now that Abe Lincoln and my dearest [friend] Ann is an engaged couple… Abe and Ann are [awful] in love he writes her letters” (Steer 40). The myth of Ann Rutledge doesn’t coinside with Tripp’s ideas that Lincoln is gay because if he was in love with Ann how could he be in love with men. The mythology of Lincoln hasn’t just happened in the world of historians, media has also taken a shot at it. Steven Spielburg even came out wish his own rendition of Lincoln with his 2012 movie Lincoln. Athough the movie was perceived well in theaters it wasn’t perceived as well with historians or did it? The movie takes place during the beginning of 1865 (Mckernie). As Eric Foner points out “slavery died on the ground as well as in the House, due to abolition efforts by feminist leaders like Susan B. Anthony, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the actions of free blacks themselves” (Coker), although missing those facts aren’t really a historical error, it just shows that those aren’t the focus of the movie (Mckernie). The
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