The 21st Show

Lincoln’s Thoughts Documented Through Archived Scraps of Paper


Thousands of books have been written about Abraham Lincoln. There is another side to Lincoln that hasn’t been widely introduced to the public, and that’s the person he is in private. Through fragmented notes left on scraps of paper, Lincoln aimed to document his best thoughts that could later come in handy when he needed to write a speech or lay down his arguments in debates.

Over 100 of these notes have been archived and are considered the closest thing to a diary by author Ronald C. White. White joined The 21st to further discuss Lincoln's documented thoughts. 


Ronald C. White, historian, lecturer and author of the new book Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President 

Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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