Analysis Of The Real Lincoln, By Thomas J. Dilorenzo

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Thomas J. DiLorenzo is professor of economics at Loyola University Maryland. He is also a member of the senior faculty of the Mises Institute. DiLorenzo has also written Lincoln Unmasked; How Capitalism Saved America; and Hamilton 's Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution — and What It Means for Americans Today. So DiLorenzo is a well known writer and an economics professor who is highly educated and qualified to write on the economic positions of the civil war. The purpose of this book The Real Lincoln is to prove that a lot of the good credited to Lincoln is merely “myth.”(DiLorenzo 1) The Author Thomas J. DiLorenzo attempts to do this by writing of Lincoln’s motives based upon quotes from Lincoln’s speeches and…show more content…
DiLorenzo was very successful in writing this book, Alexander Marriott states that he “reached a relatively wide audience of libertarians and conservatives.”(Marriott) DiLorenzo is very convincing in his book “The Real Lincoln” because of the many quotes and questions he presents to his audience. By persuading his readers to question all their formal beliefs of Lincoln he gets them to think Lincoln might be this monster that he portrays him to be. Lincoln probably was not a saint like many have made him out to be but he was still the man who demolished slavery and held the United States together during a tough period. By making such a historical figure look like a freud many refuted him, one article by Ken Masugi tells of how DiLorenzo misused quotes and made people believe they meant something by it that they did not. Masugi states DiLorenzo “frequently distorts the meaning of the primary sources he cites, Lincoln most of all.”(Masugi) Masugi then gives examples of how Dilorenzo misused quotes in his book. DiLorenzo’s book had strengths such as its persuasiveness, but also had weaknesses like his misuse of primary sources, and not only diminishing a few of Lincoln’s accomplishments but continuing by degrading his who he was as a
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