The Problem with Lincoln

The Problem with Lincoln

by Thomas J. DiLorenzo


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The Problem with Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was widely and deeply unpopular during his presidency. And for good reason.

He overturned our original constitutional order, violated the rights of Americans both North and South, massively inflated the federal government, and plunged the nation into a wholly unnecessary war. Why? Not to free the slaves, as his hagiographers would have you believe, but out of personal ambition, greed for power, and, incidentally, to enrich the railroad interests that supported his political career.

Court historians have turned King Lincoln into a secular saint, but what did Abraham Lincoln’s contemporaries know that has been forgotten or covered up? Bestselling author Thomas J. DiLorenzo debunks the pious myths to reveal the real Lincoln.

In The Problem with Lincoln, you’ll learn:
  • Why Lincoln was willing to accept a constitutional amendment guaranteeing slavery forever
  • Why no American in 1861, Northerner or Southerner, believed that Lincoln had invaded the South to emancipate the slaves
  • Why secession doesn’t fit the Constitution’s definition of treason—but Lincoln’s war on the South does
  • Lincoln’s greatest failure: not ending slavery peacefully, as the rest of the world managed to do

If you want the unvarnished truth about our sixteenth president, read The Problem with Lincoln.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684510184
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 07/07/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 118,346
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Thomas J. DiLorenzo is a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and a retired economics professor, having taught university economics for forty-one years. He is the author or co-author of seventeen books, including The Real Lincoln, How Capitalism Saved America, Hamilton’s Curse, and The Problem with Socialism (Regnery, 2016).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Un-Founding Father 1

Chapter 2 The Racial Saint 9

Chapter 3 The President Who Invaded His Own Country 21

Chapter 4 War Crimes 39

Chapter 5 Lincoln's Greatest Failure 59

Chapter 6 King Lincoln 75

Chapter 7 Consolidation Bottomed on Corruption: The Hamilton-Clay-Lincoln Agenda 95

Chapter 8 Lincoln's Lies 109

Chapter 9 The Invention of "Saint Lincoln" 129

Chapter 10 What the Lincoln Myth Means for Americans Today 151

Acknowledgments 163

Appendix I The Crittenden-Johnson Resolution (Also Known as the War Aims Resolution) 165

Appendix 2 Lincoln's Letter to Horace Greeley 167

Appendix 3 First Two Paragraphs of Lincoln's Speech in Debate with Stephen Douglas, Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858 169

Appendix 4 Jefferson Davis's First Inaugural Address 173

Appendix 5 Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address (1861) 179

Appendix 6 Ratification of the Constitution by the State of New York, July 26, 1788 189

Appendix 7 Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Rhode Island, May 29, 1790 201

Appendix 8 Ratification of the Constitution by the State of Virginia, June 26, 1788 209

Appendix 9 The Corwin Amendment 217

Appendix 10 The Emancipation Proclamation 219

Notes 223

Index 243

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