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Thomas DiLorenzo on The Real Lincoln

The Real Lincoln Dust Jacket

From the Forward by Dr. Walter E. William

Dr. Walter E. Williams in his forward to The Real Lincoln agrees with DeLorenzo that the War Between the States was not fought to end slavery. He further states that "DeLorenzo marshals numerous proofs that from the very founding of our nation the right of secession was seen as a natural right of the people and a last check on abuse by the central government."

Thus Dr. Williams not only agrees that the states had the right to secede in 1861, but also sees the abuses of power by Lincoln as just the beginning of the expansion of Federal abuse that has continued to this today.

"Today's 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."

Later in the Forword he writes,

"Lincoln's intentions, as well as those of many Northern politicians, were summarized by Stephen Douglas during the senatorial debates. Douglas accused Lincoln of wanting to 'impose on the nation a uniformity of local laws and institutions and a moral homogeneity dictated by the central government' that would 'place at defiance the intentions of the republic's founders.' Douglas was right, and Lincoln's vision for our nation has now been accomplished beyond anything he could have possibly dreamed."

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Brian Lamb from Q & A on C-SPAN interviews Thomas DiLorenzo, author of The Real Lincoln with a Forward by Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University (Three Rivers Press, 2003). Click the screen or the triangle at the bottom left to start the video.

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Dr. Dilorenzo holds a Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech and is professor of economics in the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College in Maryland.

From the Dust Jacket of The Real Lincoln

"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 Britain's? 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 provocative 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."


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