Revisiting Abe Lincoln’s Carolina Roots

In honor of the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth year, I thought I’d mention two more sources that discuss the myth and controversy of Abraham Lincoln’s paternity.

The Abraham Enloe Papers that are housed in the Southern Historical Collection contain a copy of a letter written in the 1960s that claims that North Carolinian Abraham Enloe fathered Abraham Lincoln out of wedlock.  And Edward Steers’ book, Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated with Our Greatest President devotes an entire chapter to dismissing the claims that Enloe was Lincoln’s father.

As a native of the Land of Lincoln, I respectfully decline taking sides in the debate.  If you’d like to, feel free to leave a comment.  (We all remember the brouhaha of a previous post, Abe Lincoln’s Carolina Roots.)

2 thoughts on “Revisiting Abe Lincoln’s Carolina Roots”

  1. Speaking of Lincoln, I just finished “Team of Rivals.” and if you haven’t read it, it is well worth reading.

  2. I’d rather believe on his quotes “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.and live by it.

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