The Real Lincoln Essay

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Abraham Lincoln’s presidential career was full of questionable actions. Thomas DiLorenzo author of, The Real Lincoln discusses Lincoln’s actions regarding racism, his refusal to emancipate the slaves, his continual tendency to act independently of Congress, and his radical reconstruction after the Civil War. DiLorenzo attacks each of these topics in his book and proves that Lincoln had his own agenda, and was not the picture perfect president everybody thought that he was. The overall theme of chapter two is the opposition that Abraham Lincoln and most Northerners had about racial equality. This theme is made clear very early on in the chapter. Lincoln himself states: “the best use of the new territories is housing for free white…show more content…
DiLorenzo makes it a point that equality for blacks is none of Lincoln’s concerns. Abraham Lincoln had no clear intentions of emancipating the slaves unless he felt that it was truly necessary for him to do so. For example, look at the expulsion of Union General John Fremont who was in charge of the federal government’s military efforts in Missouri. The Union General created an act on August 30th, 1861 to deter the Confederates from their guerilla warfare. This act granted him Marshall Law throughout the state and gave him the ability to confiscate property and declare slaves “freemen”. This angered the Commander In-Chief. As a result, Lincoln removed the General’s act and stripped him of his command on November 2nd, 1861. DiLorenzo put great emphasis on the point that Lincoln was not going to willingly emancipate anyone, and most of all, that he would not have anyone under his power doing so either. DiLorenzo also points out that Lincoln only admits any action regarding slavery will take place unless it is done solely to preserve the integrity of the Union. His actions made it evident that Lincoln was now willing to ignore the Constitution and claim more doctorial powers. “As he stated over and over, his concern with the issue of slavery was motivated by a desire to use the issue to "save the Union," which was a euphemistic way of saying that he wanted to
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