Joshua Speed
Filson Historical Society


''The sweet violet you enclosed came safely to hand, but it was so dry, and mashed so flat, that it crumbled to dust at the first attempt to handle it.... The juice that mashed out of it stained a place in the leteter, which I mean to preserve and cherish...''

-from Lincoln's March 27, 1842 letter to Joshua Speed (left)
   Joshua Speed
Library of Congress

The gay Lincoln controversy

The question of Lincoln's sexuality can never be answered. But that doesn't mean it shouldn't be asked.

By Christopher Capozzola
January 16, 2005

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EVERY GENERATION, it seems, gets the Lincoln it deserves. And so C.A. Tripp's portrait of a Lincoln for the ''Queer Eye'' generation should come as no surprise. In ''The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln'' (Free Press), the therapist and former Kinsey sex researcher argues that Lincoln was homosexual in both thought and deed, with as many as five intimate lovers ... (Full article: 1651 words)

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