Gary B. Nash, et al., eds., The American People: Creating a Nation and Society, 3rd ed. (New York: Harper Collins College Publishers, 1994), 483.
Athough far from a radical abolitionist, in these debates Lincoln skillfully staked out a moral position not only in advance of Douglas but well ahead of his time. Lincoln was also very much part of his time. He believed that whites were superior to blacks and opposed granting specific equal rights to free blacks. He believed, furthermore, that the physical and moral differences between whites and blacks would 'forever forbid the two races from living together on terms of social and political equality' and recommended 'separation' and colonization in Liberia or Central America as the best solution to racial differences.