I seem to remember a poll from some years ago, wherein people were asked, "if you could meet anyone in history, who would it be?" The top two responses were Jesus of Nazareth and Abraham Lincoln. Benjamin Franklin gets his face on the hundred-dollar bill, Andrew Jackson on the twenty, but Lincoln only rates a five? Oh, yeah--he got the penny too. That makes up for it.
Well, I'll give you that. Frequency of circulation counts, though I'd rather see a direct equation of value with the man. If that makes any sense. It would've been interesting to sit in on the discussions of who would be on what bill, and why. I have a handful of two-dollar bills put away somewhere. Susan B. Anthony's profile is also secure. Out of sight, out of mind. Jefferson's image had a brief revival with the re-design of the nickel, which is something at least. I wanted to ask you: do you collect the dollar coins? Every so often a new one comes out. I haven't looked for any since the lovely Sacagawea coins of 2000. Today's offerings aren't nearly as fetching. Nobody uses them as currency, so perhaps they're valued as an investment. They are today's two-dollar bills, I suppose.
Abraham Lincoln, as cited in "The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln," Roy Basler, ed. 1953 New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press: "I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races -- that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races from living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior and I as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race."
An address by Abraham Lincoln at Springfield , Illinois , on June 26, 1857 [Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol II, pp 408-9, Basler, ed.]: "A separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation, but as immediate separation is impossible the next best thing is to keep them apart where they are not already together. Such separation, if ever affected at all, must be effected by colonization. The enterprise is a difficult one, but 'where there is a will there is a way:' and what colonization needs now is a hearty will. Will springs from the two elements of moral and self-interest. Let us be brought to believe it is morally right, and at the same time, favorable to, or at least not against our interest, to transfer the African to his native clime, and we shall find a way to do it, however great the task may be."
Abraham Lincoln, as cited in "The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln," Roy Basler, ed. 1953 New Brunswick, N.J.,: Rutgers University Press: "Send them to Liberia , to their own native land. But free them and make them politically and socially our equals? My own feelings will not admit this."