The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln by Thomas J. Dilorenzo

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DiLorenzo, Thomas J. The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War. New York: Crown Publishing Company, 2002.

Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States, and is considered one of the finest this nation has ever had. In Thomas J. DiLorenzo’s book, The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, he writes of Lincoln’s policies and plans for America. He tells of how these plans affected not just the North and the South, but how these plans would affect the whole world. Often when people talk of Lincoln they approach subjects of emancipation and the Civil War, but many people are unaware or misinformed of Lincoln’s real policies and agendas. Did the United States really need to start a war to end slavery, or better question, was the war started to even end slavery at all? The author Thomas J. DiLorenzo currently lives in Clarksville, Maryland with his wife, Stacey. He is a professor at Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College in Maryland, where he teaches economics. Thomas is a fairly well known author and has published eleven books and numerous other works that have been published in various national presses. Needless to say he is a credited author and presents the topics in his book with factual evidence to support his arguments. Thomas’s book, “The Real Lincoln contains irrefutable evidence that a more appropriate title for Abraham Lincoln is not the Great Emancipator, but the Great Centralizer.”(xiii)

At the start of the book DiLorenzo writes a quote from Abraham Lincoln on October 16, 1854, “The whole nation is interested that the best use shall be made of these [new] territories. We want them for the homes of...

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...he Merryman Case and how he got around suspending habeas corpus (Columbia 2013, 2).

After reading The Real Lincoln, not only is the reader more educated on the Civil War; but has been presented facts about Lincoln polices. Polices that have forever reshaped and reconfigured the way our Federal and State government function. Not only is this book a fine educational tool for history; it also teaches the individual to look at the bigger picture in situations, and to educate yourself to form you own opinion not only on this subject, but all subjects forward.

Works Cited

Columbia University Press. "Emancipation Proclamation." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. (Sept. 2013):1. History Reference Center, EBSCOhost 39004893.

Gamble, Richard M. "The Real Lincoln (Book)." Independent Review 7, no. 4: 611. (2003). MasterFILE Premier, EBSCOhost 9382040.
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