Race and Identity in America

Lincoln Address and Reflection

Work Time

In the phrase “With malice toward none, with charity for all,” Chesnutt alludes to President Lincoln’s second inaugural address.

Read Lincoln’s speech with a partner. Discuss and make notes about the following questions.

  • What was Lincoln asking for, and how does race play an important part in his message?
  • Why would Chesnutt choose to allude to this speech when describing Ryder’s view of race?