Lincoln was a Whig; first and foremost. He was all about centralizing the power in Federal government as well as centralized banking and the "American System" advocated by Henry Clay in the early 1800s.
American System: "the policy of promoting industry in the U.S. by adoption of a high protective tariff and of developing internal improvements by the federal government" Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Here are a few key points covered in this book
- Conscription - Conscription is essentially slavery. You are forced to fight for someone regardless of your support for the cause and against your will. So I guess the adage of "Fight fire with fire" or in this case, Fight slavery with slavery held true.
- People in the North revolted against Lincoln and the war because they did not want to fight for blacks. Its funny how history shows that EVERYONE in the south was pro-slavery and EVERYONE in the north were abolitionists, when in fact the opposite is true. Many in the north sold "freed slaves" back into bondage in the South.
- Slave States in the North - Even with the "Emancipation Proclamation" by Lincoln which technically did absolutely nothing for the slaves, today's historians credit Lincoln with this genius writing, however the FACT is that when Lincoln and all the way until the end of the war, there were still 4 states in the North where Lincoln ACTUALLY governed that were allowed to keep slaves (Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Delaware and "West Virginia"). This FACT proves that Lincoln was at the very least indifferent about slavery. Even in his inauguration speech where he famously stated "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."
- Colonization - Lincoln was a firm believer in Colonization. Essentially saying, "You can be free, just not in my neighborhood". I remember Ted Kennedy, Senator from Massachusetts droning on and on about how, we the people needed to adopt wind turbines because it was good for the environment, up until the point when they wanted to install them in Nantucket Sound where he lived. He became unhinged. So do as I say, not as I do was the norm. Again a quote from the Lincoln Douglas debates “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 … 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 which I believe will forever forbid the two 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 a 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.” Ask yourself this, if you made as statement like that, what would become of you?
- Compensated Emancipation - Looking back at other countries' actions regarding slavery in their respective countries, many did "compensated emancipation". It would have been much less loss in blood and treasure than that of the "Civil War". Many countries ended Slavery (in case you did not know it, slavery was not just a United States issue both rather a world wide phenomena) by purchasing the freedom of the slaves. Slavery is a horrid practice that has no place an any society, But to assume that every southerner owned slaves and fought for slavery is as irresponsible as believing that every northerner was an abolitionist and was fighting for the freedom of slaves.
- Fugitive Slave Act - Lincoln supported the fugitive slave act of 1850. Going back to the the 'Slave States in the North' comment, since Slavery flourished in the north on the "border states" Lincoln needed to protect that institution by ensuring that "property" was returned to its rightful owners. And he did support and enforce the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Again this is cursory research that revisionist try to use terms like "well that is difficult" as trying to White Wash (pun intended) history.
- Total War - Total War is defined as "involving a complete and unified effort especially to achieve a desired effect total war total theater" Marriam-Webster. Lincoln waged total war on the south. This included women, children and non-military personnel. Lincoln lauded Sherman and Sheridan for the udder destruction of the south. Women and Children that had nothing to do with the war were rapped & slaughtered by Northern soldiers. These soldiers would burn down civilian's homes, loot their belongings and kill all animals to ensure that even those that survived the soldiers, would be unable to survive in the long run. Ironically, at the time, the Geneva Convention was already in effect (first rev of it). Today, you would be charged with war crimes. Hell, if you look at Abu Graib where soldiers were prosecuted for far less than what the north did to innocent women and children in the south.
- Secession was nothing new - In the past leading up to the Civil War and Lincoln's notion that succession was not allowed in the Constitution, there had been plenty of debates regarding other issues that states threatened to leave the union, and never was this challenged by anyone as not being Constitutional (NY being that most vocal). Actually if you look at the Declaration of Independence "That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; ". Actually, Lincoln succeeded West Virginia from Virginia. He needed the votes.
I can go on and on, but I definitely recommend this book to any one looking to see thing outside of the revisionists view. The fact is that anyone with 30 minutes and an open mind will see that the Civil War was NOT for the plight of slaves but rather a power grab, that to this day corrodes our states rights, a financial issue, and a Tyrant. Lincoln controlled the media at the time. He imprisoned news papers that did not support him 100% or wrote against him, any law maker that did not do the same was also imprisoned and in some cases deported. He was the poster-child for tyranny.
The irony though is that both of today's political parties want to claim Lincoln as their own. Democrats will throw the "Dixiecrats" where somehow the "good" republicans and all their good things changed sides while the "bad" republicans and their ilk stayed behind. The reality is that most of the dictators of this world that have committed atrocities against their people have quotes Lincoln and followed his lead including Adolf Hitler. Both parties should distance themselves from Lincoln.
I am not a "Greatest President Ever" kool-aid drinker. I do not view him in only a negative light either although there is more than enough reasons to detest him for what he did, but conversely thinking that somehow this guy was some kind of angel from God sent here to free the slaves and be the "honest" president is cultish and sadly ignorant.
I highly recommend this book.
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Sales rank: 252,117