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The Real Lincoln: A New Look At Abraham Lincoln By Thomas J. Dilorenzo

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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 was the sixteenth president of the United States, and is considered one of the finest this nation has ever had. In Thomas J. DiLorenzo’s book, The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, he writes of Lincoln’s policies and plans for America. He tells of how these plans affected not just the North and the South, but how these plans would affect the whole world. Often when people talk of Lincoln they approach subjects of emancipation and the Civil War, but many people are unaware or misinformed of Lincoln’s real policies and agendas. Did the United States really need to start a war to end slavery, or better question, was the war started to even end slavery at all? The author Thomas J. DiLorenzo currently lives in Clarksville, Maryland with his wife, Stacey. He is a professor at Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College in Maryland, where he teaches economics. Thomas is a fairly well known author and has published eleven books and numerous other works that have been published in various national presses. Needless to say he is a credited author and presents the topics in his book with factual evidence to support his arguments. Thomas’s book, “The Real Lincoln contains irrefutable evidence that a more appropriate title for Abraham Lincoln is not the Great Emancipator, but the Great Centralizer.”(xiii)
At the start of the book DiLorenzo writes a quote from Abraham Lincoln on October 16, 1854, “The whole nation is interested that the best use shall be made of these [new] territories. We want them for the homes of free white people” (10). This statement alone lets the reader know just where Lincoln stands. He also goes on to quote an article from Ebony magazine, “On at least fourteen occasions between 1854 and 1860 Lincoln said unambiguously that he believed the Negro race was inferior to the White race” (12). Lincoln was a well-practiced lawyer and had eloquent speech which made him a very successful politician, so it wasn’t uncommon for him to tell people what they wanted to hear. Lincoln also supported colonization, which some northerners also supported.
In the third chapter the discussion is pointed toward emancipation. The Lincoln administration passed The Emancipation Proclamation which was really just a political distraction. “The Emancipation Proclamation applied only to rebel territory” (36), Lincoln was very careful when writing it because it excluded numerous counties in areas where the Federal army was in control. The author also includes an expert from an article written in 1863 published by the New York World newspaper, it says that the President made the proclamation useless in areas of the South that were under Union control. This means that he signed the proclamation, but it would never free slaves where the...

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