Is the Union voluntary or an agreement with no escape route? Setting the tone, John M. Taylor leads off by noting the travails of a respected ancestor. Major questions in America are explored, including differing views of the meaning of union. Though numerous issues led to war, most modern establishment historians generalize everything down to one. Pre-war and post-war years are largely ignored, trivialized, or sanitized.
The four-year travesty of 1861-65 represents the most destructive period in American history and a change in the republic itself. The conflict-the agricultural South versus the North, where agriculture was important, but corporate, banking, and industrial interests swung the most weight. Jeffersonian States’ Rights meets Hamiltonian Nationalism.
Modern portrayals of Lincoln perpetuate the winner’s narrative; facts that fall outside the politically correct script are cast asunder. A power-seeking individual such as Lincoln was required to transform a voluntary confederation into a top-heavy centralized government. Protectionist Whigs and other big government advocates created the centralizing vehicle-the Republican Party-to accomplish their goals. In 1860, they selected Abraham Lincoln to implement the agenda. Taylor shows how Lincoln and the Radical Republicans planted the seeds of leviathan we witness today.
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Table of ContentsForeword
Chapter One - The Declaration of Independence
Chapter Two - States' Rights
Chapter Three - Conflict on the Horizon
Chapter Four - Mr. Lincoln's Background and Motivation
Chapter Five - Mr. Lincoln's Political Ambition
Chapter Six - Lincoln: Law, Politics and Railroads
Chapter Seven - Activist Support for Lincoln and the Republicans
Chapter Eight - Lincoln wins the 1860 Republican Nomination
Chapter Nine - The Election of 1860
Chapter Ten - Southern Peace Efforts
Chapter Eleven - The Northern Pro-Slavery Amendment
Chapter Twelve - The Confederate Constitution
Chapter Thirteen - Colonel Baldwin Meets Mr. Lincoln
Chapter Fourteen - Fort Sumter
Chapter Fifteen - Coercion of the Southern States
Chapter Sixteen - Blockading Southern Ports
Chapter Seventeen - Illegal Suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus
Chapter Eighteen - Suppression of the Press, Speech, and War Resistance
Chapter Twenty - Maryland! Oh Maryland!
Chapter Twenty-One - Violation of the Fugitive Slave Law
Chapter Twenty-Two - West Virginia
Chapter Twenty-Three - The Trent Affair
Chapter Twenty-Four - The Emancipation Proclamation: A Worthless Piece of Paper or Ingenious War Measure?
Chapter Twenty-Five - The Emancipation Proclamation: A Worthless Piece of Paper or Ingenious War Measure? An Analysis (Part 2)
Chapter Twenty-Six - The Election of 1864 and the War's Conclusion
Chapter Twenty-Seven - Was That Really The Way To Save The Union?
Chapter Twenty-Eight - Is the South Really Better Off?
Chapter Twenty-Nine - Jefferson Davis - No Apologies!
Chapter Thirty - The Insights of Robert E. Lee and Lord Acton
Chapter Thirty-One - The Just War Theory
Chapter Thirty-Two - Northern Disapproval of the War
Chapter Thirty-Three - Lincoln, Democracy and Secession
Chapter Thirty-Four - A Different View of Mr. Lincoln's Faith
Chapter Thirty-Five - The Apotheosis of Abraham Lincoln