The Storming of Fort Wagner. Lithograph by Kurz and Allison, 1890. (Wikimedia Commons)
Peter or Gordon, a whipped slave. Photograph by Mathew Brady, 1863. (Wikimedia Commons)
The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa. The painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race, & I hope will prepare & lead them to better things. How long their subjugation may be necessary is Known & ordered by a wise & merciful Providence.Charlottesville candlelight vigil at the White House. Photograph by Ted Eytan, 2017. (Wikimedia Commons)
I think it wiser, moreover, not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, to commit to oblivion the feelings that it engendered.