Anna Marie Wooldridge August 6, — August 14, , known professionally as Abbey Lincoln , was an American jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress. She was a civil rights activist beginning in the s. In she sang on Max Roach 's landmark civil rights -themed recording, We Insist! Lincoln's lyrics were often connected to the civil rights movement in America. During the s, Lincoln's creative output was smaller and she released only a few albums during that decade. During the s and until her death, however, she fulfilled a album contract with Verve Records.
Sexuality of Abraham Lincoln
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Although attribution of homosexuality would have been damaging, no accusations by his many political opponents during the lifetime of Abraham Lincoln — are known to have been made. A comical poem he wrote about two men marrying was expurgated from later editions of the first Lincoln biography. Activist proponents of the view Lincoln was gay have regarded a sleeping arrangement with Joshua Fry Speed when both were bachelors as evidence. Mainstream historians point to Lincoln having openly alluded to it as showing that men sharing a bed was common and carried no implications in Lincoln's era. The proven facts of Lincoln's sex life are that he had four children with Mary Todd in an enduring marriage. Lincoln and Mary Todd met in Springfield in and became engaged in
Scholars and historians are blind to Lincoln's same-sex inclinations in part because of a personal aversion to male homosexuality, but more importantly because they fail to perceive the vast differences between the sexual culture of antebellum America and that of our own time, especially in regard to male-male physical and emotional intimacy. This article brings those differences to light and sets Lincoln's life in the context of the sexual culture of his own time. This enables one to see that Lincoln's same-sex sexuality was not only unproblematic, but commonplace, if not typical, in his day. Revising the Myth of Lincoln in regard to his same-sex inclinations will have a positive effect on contemporary culture, especially on the education and socialization of young boys.
It is news guaranteed to make many Republicans squirm. Was Abraham Lincoln , founder of the party now seeking a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in America, actually gay himself? A new book, published next month, certainly thinks so.