DiLorenzo, Thomas J. The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War. New York: Crown Publishing Company, 2002.
Abraham Lincoln, the great President everyone thinks he is or a dictator who used the government to get his way in the United States? Throughout people’s lives they are taught in school that Lincoln had a great agenda that would help to make America a great nation. Thomas J. DiLorenzo is an American economics professor at Loyola University. He studied at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as well as West Virginia University. He has also written other books like Lincoln Unmasked and How Capitalism Saved America. In DiLorenzo’s book The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War it looks at Abraham Lincoln’s real goals, a war that wasn’t needed, and how he used politics to implant his ideas in America.
Abraham Lincoln is one of the greatest politicians in history. “In the eyes of many Americans, Lincoln remains the most important American political figure in history because the War Between the States so fundamentally transformed the nature of American government” (Page 12). The real reason of the War Between the States has been forgotten because of the abolition of slavery. Lincoln spent many years before becoming President in the Illinois State Government trying to introduce his centralized style of government. The rest of the chapters in this book will discuss how Lincoln felt about slavery and how he implemented his ways into American government.
Lincoln did not see the slaves as equal to the white race. “In twenty-three years of litigation he never defended a runaway slave, but he did defend a slave owner” (Page 22). Lincoln wanted strongly for the slaves to leave America and colonize elsewhere. Lincoln held meetings with some of the black leaders and tried to get them to lead all the slaves back to Africa. Lincoln opposed the extension of slavery into new territories wanting to preserve these territories for whites. Many northerners hated African Americans and excluded them from all public events.
While the northerners hated blacks, the majority of the population was against slavery. Lincoln had many opportunities to free slaves peacefully. Lincoln created the emancipation proclamation but did not free a single slave. During the war the Federal Army occupied much of the South and could have freed many slaves then but did not. He created the emancipation as a war measure. “Most likely, Lincoln understood that the European powers, who had recently abolished slavery peacefully, would balk at trading with and otherwise supporting the Confederacy if he introduced emancipation as one purpose of the war” (Page 38). During the first part of the war the north took many losses, such as the Battle of Bull Run. When the Union soldiers got word of the emancipation proclamation they were disgusted. They felt betrayed. The soldiers thought they were...