“With Malice Toward None...”  Details

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."

 

--President Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865

(Six weeks later, he would be fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth.)

Slave Ledger

White House architect James Hoban’s slave payroll. (reproduction)  “The payroll to slave owners shows that the government did not own slaves, but that it did hire them from their masters. Slave carpenters Ben, Daniel, and Peter were owned by Hoban.” White House Historical  Association 

Derringer Pistol   Susan Bercu, ink, diorama detail

Hooded Klansman with Shotgun

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) didn’t exist until after the Civil War, originating in 1865 in Tennessee. Using violence, their targets were newly emancipated slaves. Since the 2016 election, they have broadened their targets beyond Black Americans to include Jews, immigrants, homosexuals, and Catholics.

Susan Bercu, Ink wash, diorama detail

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