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17.11.16

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was an American president who successfully led his country through its greatest internal crisis, the Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery.



Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi has spoken highly of Lincoln, describing him as born-realised. (1983-0925, 1985-0315, 1999-0615)

 Abraham Lincoln, a man we call him very great. What was the thing about him? He was very big. Why? Because he could see that when I do not want to be enslaved, why should I have a slave? (1977-1231)

 Abraham Lincoln believed that everybody must have freedom, and the government should be for the public, for the people. Whatever he talked, he practised it. Whatever he believed in, he worked it out and gave his life for it, that’s why he’s a great man. (1983-1106)

You have Abraham Lincoln. What a man! I think his blessings should work out one day in this country [USA]. A saint. What a personality. (1984-0818)

When I see Abraham Lincoln I think he was a great brother to the Statue of Liberty. The way he fought for women in such pure love and without taking any money, without charging them anything, to punish the husbands who were drunkards. That’s just like a very good, powerful brother to behave. (1987-0809)


Bibliography
The collected works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P.Basler (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953)
Richard Carwardine, Lincoln: a life of purpose and power (New York: Alfred A.Knopf, 2006)
David Herbert Donald, Lincoln (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995)
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005)
‘Abraham Lincoln: a resource guide’