Lincoln's Marxists [Hardcover]
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"Benson and Kennedy have provided an exhaustively researched treatment of the connections of Lincoln's enthusiastic immigrant supporters with the communists' movements of Europe, then and later.They have made a vital contribution to uncovering the true story of the War Between the States."-Clyde Wilson, distinguished professor of history emeritus, University of South Carolina In the mid-nineteenth century, a group of radical socialists known as the Forty-Eighters brought their views to theUnited States, seeking to change its government and society. These advocates of big governmentsupported the ideologies of Abraham Lincoln and endorsed him as a presidential candidate. Thiscompelling book follows the rise of the early Republican Party, describing how a group of extremesocialists set the tone for today's Leviathan government. Eighteen chapters offer an in-depthexplanation of the Forty-Eighters, noting their origins in Europe, where the socialist revolutions took place; their influence on the election of 1861; and their role in the Union army.Sections question the high regard that such communists as Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels held for Lincoln. Lincoln's Marxists also scrutinizes Lincoln's religious views, disputing the common belief thathe was a pious Christian. Addenda include profiles of early American communists and socialists, anarticle on twenty-first century secession movements, and a recommended reading list. Pictures of historical figures provide a visual reference. Through cogent examinations, the authors reveal a side of Abraham Lincoln's life that has remained shrouded in obscurity. Al Benson, Jr., is the editor and publisher of the Copperhead Chronicle, a newsletter that presents history from a pro-Southern andChristian perspective. In addition to writing for Southern Patriot and other publications, he is a member of the Confederate Society of America and the League of the South.Benson resides in Sterlington, Louisiana. Walter Donald Kennedy is an outspoken advocate of limitedgovernment and states' rights. He continues to engage his audience at Tea Party events and Southernheritage conferences throughout the country. In addition to contributing articles to numerous publications, he has appeared on such television programs as Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect. He isthe coauthor of the best-selling The South Was Right!, Was Jefferson Davis Right?, Why Not Freedom!America's Revolt Against Big Government, and Nullifying Tyranny: Creating Moral Communities inan Immoral Society and the author of Myths of American Slavery, all published by Pelican. Kennedylives in Downsville, Louisiana.
German Revolution of 1848
[n.b.: this quick explanation of a major European Revolution is necessarily reductive and woefullyincomplete. The purpose of this page is to put the Wisconsin Forty-Eighters' political activism intosome sort of context.]Europe in the mid-19th Century was ripe for revolution. After the Napoleonic Wars, many Europeancountries were in disarray. Citizens that had hoped for democracy and the establishment of constitutional governments were disappointed. As Rudolf Cronau puts it, "The rulers, forgetful that the people had saved their thrones, denied [the people constitutional government ], and opened instead a