Lincoln Address and Reflection
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?