Dilorenzo, Thomas J.. The Real Lincoln: a new look at Abraham Lincoln, his agenda, and an unnecessary war. Roseville, Calif: Prima, 2002
In Thomas J. Dilorenzo book, The Real Lincoln: A new look at Abraham Lincoln, his agenda, and unnecessary war, is all about the hidden stories behind the 16th president of the United States, where he seem to be a good role model in the eyes of many American. The Real Lincoln, “Stripped of all its covering, the naked question is, whether ours is a federal or consolidated government; a constitutional or absolute one; a government resting solidly on the basis of the sovereignty of the States, or on the unrestrained will of a majority; a form of government, as in all other unlimited ones, in which injustice, violence, and force must ultimately prevail.” (x). Dilorenzo’s book examines between the role of the federal government with the states, which the government system we have today. The Real Lincoln, also revealing many pros and cons of President Lincoln during his golden era. Furthermore, Dilorenzo not only focuses on Lincoln’s role as a president, but the private and public life with a lot comparison as well.
Chapter 1 is an introduction of the whole book. It’s giving the readers a better understand of the book. There are a short summary of each chapter in the book and short explaining. Chapter 1 is basically getting us closer with the thesis of what the author trying to point out in the book. Chapter 1 have a lot of good points, “this agenda achieved little political success during the first seventy years of the nation’s existence, but was fully implemented during the first two years of the Lincoln administration. It was Lincoln’s real agenda” (3). In this chapter Thomas Dilorenzo arranged the contents in thematically. He stated his main argument about the book and gives a short explanation to back up his argument point.
Abraham Lincoln was well known to be the one raise a voice for slavery. In chapter 2, Dolorenzo discusses how Abraham Lincoln thought on the racial equality, especial in the South. Chapter 2, Dilorenzo were mainly focusing on how President Abraham Lincoln handling the Freed Black. “Slavery is an affront to human liberty, but ending slavery would supposedly be even worse” (pg 15). During Lincoln presidency there is number of African slave were still got treated terrible. Some if lucky enough manage to survive after the escape, but not all were lucky. Therefore, President Lincoln holds a meeting in the White House with the freed black leader.(pg17). According to Dilorenzo’s argument he said Lincoln did defend the slaves, but soon after he really did not do anything with the slavery issues.
With the increasing number of dead due to the freed slavery war, President Lincoln still quietly didn’t solve the problem. Chapter 3, Dilorenzo discussing that Lincoln had no intention to emancipating slaves unless he believed he was forced to do so. When someone mentions about freed slave, like...