1. America’s Most Deified Politician, Tom DiLorenzo, February 12, 2018.
2. Check out these titles from DiLorenzo. They are all excellent and no American history course that considers Abraham Lincoln in any detail should overlook these.
3. Lincoln was prepared to and did spend federal money to have African slaves deported.
4. Abraham Lincoln and the Federal Reserve: A Forgotten Connection, Gary North, September 24, 2013.
5. Historical Error #3: Lincoln Promoted Debt-Free, Paper Money (Greenbacks), Gary North,
6. The Republican Moneyed Elite, Thomas J. Dilorenzo, October 1, 2003.
7. Lincoln and FDR, Gary North, 2001.
8. Lincoln’s Culture of Death, Tom DiLorenzo, 2001.
9. The Lincoln Myth: Ideological Cornerstone of American Empire, Tom DiLorenzo, 2017.
10. DiLorenzo and His Critics on the Lincoln Myth, James Ostrowski, 2003.
Murray Rothbard nails it. From his “America’s Two Just Wars: 1775 and 1861”, in The Costs of War: America’s Pyrrhic Victories, John V. Denson, ed (2nd ed. 1999):
Lincoln was a typical example of the humanitarian with the guillotine: a familiar modern ‘reform liberal’ type whose heart bleeds for and yearns to ‘uplift’ remote mankind, while he lies to and treats abominably actual people whom he knew.
Rothbard’s quote comes from James Ostrowski’s review of Tom DiLorenzo’s Book, The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War (2002). There are things you need to know about Lincoln and things that you need to know about institutions that who revere and deify Lincoln and what these organizations will say and do to you if you question the integrity of their secular saint. This above all has to be made aware of if you’re going to study Lincoln. Ostrowski lists 71 charges about Lincoln that most defenders of Lincoln will vehemently resist. I will list only a few, but be sure to read Ostrowski’s article for all 71. The list was true and funny:
1. Saying contradictory things before different audiences.
2. Opposing racial equality.
3. Opposing giving blacks the right to vote, serve on juries or intermarry while allegedly supporting their natural rights.
4. Being a racist.
5. Supporting the legal rights of slaveholders.
6. Supporting Clay’s American System or mercantilism as his primary political agenda: national bank, high tariff, and internal improvements.
7. Supporting a political economy that encourages corruption and inefficiency.
8. Supporting a political economy that became the blueprint for modern American.
LINCOLN on RACE
Here Tom DiLorenzo reviews Lerone Bennett, Jr.’s book, Forced Into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream, 2000.
Few Americans have ever been taught the truth about Lincoln and race, but it is all right there in The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (CW), and in his actions and behavior throughout his life. For example, he said the following:
“Free them [i.e. the slaves] and make them politically and socially our equals? My own feelings will not admit of this . . . . We cannot then make them equals” (CW, vol. II, p. 256.
“What I would most desire would be the separation of the white and black races” (CW, vol. II, p. 521).
“I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races . . . . I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong, having the superior position. I have never said anything to the contrary” (CW, vol. III, p, 16). (Has there ever been a clearer definition of “white supremacist”?).
“I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races . . . . I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people” (CW, vol. III, pp. 145-146).
“I will to the very last stand by the law of this state [Illinois], which forbids the marrying of white people with negroes” (CW, vol. III, p. 146).
“Senator Douglas remarked . . . that . . . this government was made for the white people and not for the negroes. Why, in point of mere fact, I think so too” (CW, vol. II, p. 281)
Lincoln was also a lifelong advocate of “colonization,” or the deportation of black people from America. He was a “manager” of the Illinois Colonization Society, which procured tax funding to deport the small number of free blacks residing in the state. He also supported the Illinois constitution, which in 1848 was amended to prohibit the immigration of black people into the state. He made numerous speeches about “colonization.” “I have said that the separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation . . . . such separation must be effected by colonization” (CW, vol. II, p. 409). And, “Let us be brought to believe it is morally right, and . . . favorable to . . . our interest, to transfer the African to his native clime” (CW, vol. II, p. 409). Note how Lincoln referred to black people as “the African,” as though they were alien creatures. “The place I am thinking about having for a colony,” he said, “is in Central America. It is nearer to us than Liberia” (CW, vol. V, pp. 373-374).
Given what we’ve just read, how can any thinking individual conclude that Lincoln actually wanted to free the slaves for reasons of pure liberty? For political reasons, maybe, but because he somehow loved black people?
LINCOLN on EMANCIPATION
Kirkpatrick Sale reminds us that:
The Emancipation Proclamation was concocted by Lincoln as a war measure against the South, entirely on his own with only a few suggestions from his cabinet. It was foist on the South without any thought as to the consequences, how it was to be enforced, what would happen to the newly freed slaves, what effect it would have on the plantations. It made no provision for compensation, for integrating freedmen economically or politically into the system, for resettlement, not even 40 acres and a mule.