Essay on The Real Lincoln

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Rosenthal 1 Ben Rosenthal Professor Harling History 132 22 October 2008 Critique on The Real Lincoln “The Real Lincoln contains undeniable evidence that a more appropriate title for Abraham Lincoln is not the Great Emancipator, but the Great Centralizer.” - Walter E. Williams. This is the book that made it happen: the nationwide revision concerning the man who they tried to tell us was a great liberator. Dictator and slayer of liberty is more like it. Lincoln was not the godlike figure of myth and legend but an unusually cruel political operator who exploited the moment for personal gain, just as we've come to expect of modern politicians. The Real Lincoln, argues that, throughout his decades-long political career, Lincoln's…show more content…
Lincoln's great genius in his own time was using the Civil War as bloody vehicle for solidifying the American System as the United States' dominant economic model. Lincoln and Congressional Republicans made all three planks: tariff, national bank, and “internal improvements” an integral part of national economic life by 1863 with half the nation in rebellion. The rest of Lincoln's brilliance came with his powerful ways of persuasion, which ultimately backed up by the entire Union army. Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves, was admitted by he himself to be little more than a ploy designed to stop European aid to the South with radical abolitionists. DiLorenzo also looks closely at Lincoln's dictatorial political and military policies during war time, and considers what might have happened to southern slaves over time if the Civil War and subsequent bitterness of the “Reconstruction” period had never happened. There is nothing I could think of that I would change in this book, which is a very hard thing for me to say because usually I dislike most of the books that I read. DiLorenzo was actually able to keep my interest throughout the whole novel. This book teaches you a lot about Lincoln, it definitely changed my view on him and I believe that anyone that reads this book will feel the same. Lincoln was definitely not the
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