Lerone Bennett, Jr., R.I.P.Robert Wenzel note:
Renowned Lincoln critic Lerone Bennett, Jr., a longtime editor of Ebony magazine, has passed away. His outstanding book, Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream, was largely ignored by the Lincoln Cult. It was sneered at by the likes of James McPherson who once psycho-babbled that Bennett “failed” to realize the supposed genius of reinterpretations of Lincoln’s behavior by people like James McPherson. The book is worth reading just for how Bennett demolishes the deceitful and nonsensical blather of these self-described “Lincoln scholars.” Rest in peace, Mr. Bennett.
I urge all to view the C-span interview with Bennett about his book, Forced Glory, here.