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.
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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
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