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Excellent Analysis Of Lincoln Recommended!!
A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War Most Americans consider Abraham Lincoln to be the greatest president in history. His legend as the Great Emancipator has grown to mythic proportions as hundreds of books, a national holiday, and a monument in Washington, D.C., extol his heroism and martyrdom. But what if most everything you knew about Lincoln were false? What if, instead of an American hero who sought to free the slaves, Lincoln were in fact a calculating politician who waged the bloodiest war in american history in order to build an empire that rivaled Great Britains? In The Real Lincoln, author Thomas J. DiLorenzo uncovers a side of Lincoln not told in many history books and overshadowed by the immense Lincoln legend. Through extensive research and meticulous documentation, DiLorenzo portrays the sixteenth president as a man who devoted his political career to revolutionizing the American form of government from one that was very limited in scope and highly decentralized—as the Founding Fathers intended—to a highly centralized, activist state. Standing in his way, however, was the South, with its independent states, its resistance to the national government, and its reliance on unfettered free trade. To accomplish his goals, Lincoln subverted the Constitution, trampled states rights, and launched a devastating Civil War, whose wounds haunt us still. According to this provacative book, 600,000 American soldiers did not die for the honorable cause of ending slavery but for the dubious agenda of sacrificing the independence of the states to the supremacy of the federal government, which has been tightening its vise grip on our republic to this very day.
You will discover a side of Lincoln that you were probably never taught in school—a side that calls into question the very myths that surround him and helps explain the true origins of a bloody, and perhaps, unnecessary war.
A devastating critique of Americas most famous president. —Joseph Sobran, commentator and nationally syndicated columnist
Todays federal government is considerably at odds with that envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. Thomas J. DiLorenzo gives an account of How this come about in The Real Lincoln. —Walter E. Williams, from the foreword
A peacefully negotiated secession was the best way to handle all the problems facing Americans in 1860. A war of coercion was Lincolns creation. It sometimes takes a century or more to bring an important historical event into perspective. This study does just that and leaves the reader asking, Why didnt we know this before? —Donald Livingston, professor of philosophy, Emory University
Professor DiLorenzo has penetrated to the very heart and core of American history with a laser beam of fact and analysis. —Clyde Wilson, professor of history, University of South Carolina, and editor, The John C. Calhoun Papers
From the Hardcover edition. Features: * Click here to view our Condition Guide and Shipping Prices Lincoln is often characterized as the Great Emancipator and our number one president of all time. These characterizations are largely based on
myth, and the real Lincoln is not nearly so admirable, as Thomas DiLorenzo shows in this book. DiLorenzo's book is one of several important revisionist works that look at Lincoln, secession, and the so-called Civil War in a new way that rejects the federal-supremacist version we're usally fed in our government schools to justify what Lincoln and his cronies did. (See also W HEN IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS by Charles Adams, and Jeffrey Hummel's EMANCIPATING SLAVES, ENSLAVING FREE MEN for starters.) As DiLorenzo points out, slavery was only one of many important sectional issues that led to Southern secession, and certainly was not the most important issue in the eyes of Lincoln. Not only was Lincoln no abolitionist, he was by his own admission a believer in white supremacy. He didn't want blacks -- including free blacks -- to be able to vote or serve on juries, for example, and his favorite solution to the problem of "what to do with emancipated slaves" was to send them back to Africa. In fact, Lincoln's real pet project had little to do with slavery one way or another. His real goal was to enact the Federalist/Whig/Republican platform, which consisted of 1) high tariffs; 2) a national banking system; and 3) "internal improvements," meaning corporate welfare to politically favored railroad and infrastructure special interests. States' rights would also have to be seriously curtailed as obstacles to these goals. As DiLorenzo mentions repeatedly, these -- not abolition or rights for blacks -were Lincoln's real focus from his entrance into politics as a young man in the 1830s into his presidency. He barely mentioned slavery until his unsuccessful 1858 run for Senate, and even then he had little but political double-talk to offer on it. The primarily Southern Jeffersonian-Jacksonian faction in American politics had held that Whig platform back for decades, but Lincoln and his cronies got it all through as a result of secession and the war, which led to a virtual Republican political monopoly on the national stage for decades thereafter. In the process, they esssentially eliminated the Old Republic, which was highly decentralized and based on government by consent, and replaced it with a democratic Leviathan government that valued power and centralization more than liberty. As DiLorenzo points out, it shouldn't be surprising that many of the same men who prosecuted the war against the South later carried out the virtual "extermination" (to use Sherman's words) of the Plains Indians, who also stood in the way of centralization. Furthermore, DiLorenzo catalogs all of the myriad crimes carried out by the Lincoln government during the war, such as: illegal sus pension of habeas corpus; arresting thousands of NORTHERNERS just for dissenting from his policies, even on issues unrelated to the war; shutting down dissenting newspapers; arresting much of Maryland's state government on mere suspicion of pro-secessionist leanings; deporting a member of the US Congress; and of course, the notorious policy of deliberate total war waged
against Southern civilians, most notoriously through Sherman and Sheridan. DiLorenzo demolishes the notion Lincoln had of the "Union" as s omehow perpetual and unbreakable -- in fact, that is an ahistorical fabrication that became accepted only at the point of bayonets. DiLorenzo also shows that nullification and secession were acknowledged by nearly all antebellum Americans (North and South, including almost all of the Founding Fathers.) Last, DiLorenzo places Lincoln's war and its effects into the context of the creation of the ultra-centralized, DC-based Leviathan empire that we now live under. By the way, to those who argue that anybody who doesn't worship the mythical Abraham Lincoln must be in favor of slavery, give it up. Please at least have the sophistication to engage DiLorenzo's actual arguments and evidence rather than dismissing the entire book as the work of a closet supporter of slavery (which DiLorenzo is NOT) just because he doesn't worship at the altar of Abe. There were plenty of Northerners (Herman Melville comes to mind) and foreigners (including the English philosopher of liberty Lord Acton) at the time of the Civil W ar who were ardent opponents of slavery and yet still believed in the right of secession and/or believed that many of the actions of the Lincoln administration were criminal and that the overall effects of the war would be problematic at best.
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