Incorrect Guide to the Real Abraham Lincoln
They didn't teach you
this in school...
economist's comments on Abraham Lincoln...
"Lincoln was a
master politician, which means he was a consummate conniver,
manipulator, and liar." -- Economist Murray Rothbard, "America's
Two Just Wars: 1776 and 1861," in "The Costs of War: American's
Pyrrhic Victories," ed. John Denson (New Brunswick, N.J.:
Transaction, 1997), p. 131
The Editor of Ebony
Magazine comments on Abraham Lincoln...
"On at least
fourteen occasions between 1854 and 1860, Lincoln said
unambiguously that he believed the Negro race was inferior to
the White race. In Galesburg, he referred to 'the inferior
races.' Who were 'the inferior races'? African Americans, he
said, Mexicans, who he called 'mongrells," and probably all
colored people." -- Lerone Bennett, Jr., Editor of Ebony
Magazine, "Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln's White Dream"
(Chicago: Johnson Publishing Co., 2000), p. 132
How Honest Abe really felt
about slavery... which begs the question: Was the Civil War really
fought because Honest Abe was sympathetic to slaves, and wanted to free slaves?
Let's see what Honest Abe himself says about the subject...
"Negro equality? Fudge!" -- Abraham Lincoln,
Fragments: Notes for Speeches, Sept. 1859 (Vol. III)
"If I could save The Union without freeing any slaves,
I would do it" -- Abraham Lincoln, in a letter to Horace Greeley
"I am a little uneasy about the
abolishment of slavery in this District [of Columbia]." --
Abraham Lincoln, 1862
"The whole nation is
interested that the best use shall be made of these [new]
territories. We want them for the homes of free white people."
-- Abraham Lincoln, October 16, 1854
"I have no purpose
to introduce political and social equality between the white and
black races. There is a physical difference between the two,
which, in my judgment, will probably forever forbid their living
together upon the footing of perfect equality; and inasmuch as
it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as
well as Judge Douglas, am in the favor of the race to which I
belong having the superior position. I have never said anything
to the contrary." -- Abraham Lincoln, "Lincoln's Reply to
Douglas, Ottawa, Illinois, August 21, 1858," in "Abraham
Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings, ed. Roy P. Basler (New York:
Da Capo Press, 1990), p. 445
"I will say, then, that I am not
nor have ever been in favor of bringing about in any way the
social and political equality of the black and white
races---that 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; and I will say in
addition to this that there is a physical difference between the
White and black races which will ever forbid the two races
living together on terms of social and political equality. And
inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together,
there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as
much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior
position assigned to the White race." -- Abraham Lincoln,
"Fourth Lincoln-Douglas Debate, September 18, 1858, Charleston, Illinois," in
"Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings" (New York: Library of
America, 1989), p. 636, and in Collected Works of Abraham
Lincoln, Volume 5, page 371
"Free them, and make
them politically and socially our equals? My own feelings will
not admit of this.... We cannot, then, make them equals." --
Abraham Lincoln, "Lincoln's Reply to Douglas," p. 444
"What I would most desire would
be the separation of the white and black races." --
Abraham Lincoln, Spoken at Springfield, Illinois on July
17th, 1858; from Abraham Lincoln: Complete Works, 1894, Volume
1, page 273
"We know that some Southern men
do free their slaves, go North and become tip-top abolitionists,
while some Northern Men go South and become most cruel masters.
When Southern people tell us that they are no more responsible
for the origin of slavery than we are, I acknowledge the fact.
When it is said the institution exists, and it is very difficult
to get rid of in any satisfactory way, I can understand and
appreciate the saying. I surely will not blame them for not
doing what I should not know what to do as to the existing
institution. My first impulse would possibly be to free all
slaves and send them to Liberia to their own native land. But a
moment's reflection would convince me that this would not be
best for them. If they were all landed there in a day they would
all perish in the next ten days, and there is not surplus money
enough to carry them there in many times ten days. What then?
Free them all and keep them among us as underlings. Is it quite
certain that this would alter their conditions? Free them and
make them politically and socially our equals? My own feelings
will not admit of this, and if mine would, we well know that
those of the great mass of whites will not. We cannot make them
our equals. A system of gradual emancipation might well be
adopted, and I will not undertake to judge our Southern friends
for tardiness in this matter." -- Abraham Lincoln in
speeches at Peoria, Illinois
"I acknowledge the constitutional
rights of the States, not grudgingly, but fairly and fully, and
I will give them any legislation for reclaiming their fugitive
slaves." -- Abraham Lincoln in speeches at Peoria,
"The point the Republican party
wanted to stress was to oppose making slave States out of the
newly acquired territory, not abolishing slavery as it then
existed. " -- Abraham Lincoln in a speech at Peoria,
"I have no purpose directly or
indirectly to interfere with the institution of slavery in the
States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do
so, and I have no inclination to do so." Abraham Lincoln's
Inaugural Address on the Capitol steps, 1861
"Do the people of the South really
entertain fear that a Republican administration would directly
or indirectly interfere with their slaves, or with them about
their slaves? If they do, I wish to assure you as once a friend,
and still, I hope, not an enemy, that there is no cause for
such fears. The South would be in no more danger in this respect
than it was in the days of Washington." -- Letter from Abraham
Lincoln to A.H. Stephens, Public and Private Letters of
Alexander Stephens, p. 150
"My paramount object, is to save the Union, and not either
destroy or save slavery. If I could save the Union without
freeing the slaves, I would do it. If I could save the Union by
freeing some and leaving others in slavery, I would do it. If I
could save it by freeing all, I would do that. What I do about
slavery and the colored race, I do because it helps save the
Union." -- Abraham Lincoln in a letter to Horace Greeley
"Judge Douglas has said to you that he has not been able to get an
answer out of me to the question whether I am in favor of Negro
citizenship. So far as I know, the Judge never asked me the question
before. (applause from audience) He shall have no occasion to ever
ask it again, for I tell him very frankly that I am not in favor of
Negro citizenship. (renewed applause) If the state of Illinois has
the power to grant Negroes citizenship, I shall be opposed to it.
(cries of "here, here" and "good, good" from audience) That is all
I have to say." -- Abraham Lincoln, Speech at Springfield,
Illinois, June 1857
"You and we are
different races. We have between us a broader difference than
exists between almost any other two races. Whether it is right
or wrong I need not discuss, but this physical difference is a
great disadvantage to us both, as I think your race suffers very
greatly, many of them by living among us, while ours suffer from
your presence.... It is better for us both, therefore, to be
separated." -- Abraham Lincoln, speech to a
group of black freedmen in Washington D.C., August 1862
Mr. Wendell Phillips
said that Lincoln was badgered into issuing
the emancipation proclamation, and that after it was issued,
Lincoln said it was the greatest folly of his life. President
Lincoln in his Emancipation Proclamation evidently had in mind
to colonize or segregate the slaves if freed:
"It is my purpose to colonize
persons of African descent, with their consent, upon this
continent or elsewhere, with the previously obtained consent of
the government existing there."
Abraham Lincoln later said, in discussing the
options of colonizing them with segregated areas of Texas,
Mississippi and South Carolina:
"If we turn 200,000 armed Negroes
in the South, among their former owners, from whom we have taken
their arms, it will inevitably lead to a race war. It cannot be
done. The Negroes must be gotten rid of."
Ben Butler responded to this by
saying: "Why not send them to Panama to dig the canal?" Lincoln
was delighted with this suggestion, and asked Butler to consult
Seward at once. Only a few days later, John Wilkes Booth
assassinated Lincoln and one of his conspirators wounded Seward.
Actually, Honest Abe
brought up the slavery issue to gain sympathy only after he was
losing the war. It worked, and the tide turned. However his true
character is revealed in his words.
How Honest Abe really felt about Christianity:
"My earlier views of the
unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human
origin of the sriptures have become clearer and stronger with
advancing years, and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever
change them." -- 1862 letter from Abraham Lincoln to
Judge J.S. Wakefield, after the death of Willie Lincoln
Comments made by Abraham
Lincoln's friend and former law partner, William H. Herndon,
shortly after Lincoln's death:
"Mr. Lincoln was an infidel,
sometimes bordering on atheism."
"He never mentioned the name
of Jesus, except to scorn and detest the idea of a
"He did write a little work
on infidelity in 1835-6, and never recanted. He was an
out-and-out infidel, and about that there is no mistake."
In 1834, while still living in
New Salem and before he became a lawyer, he was surrounded by a
class of people exceedingly liberal in matters of religion.
Volney's Ruins and Paine's Age of Reason passed from hand to
hand, and furnished food for the evening's discussion in the
tavern and village store. Lincoln read both these books and thus
assimilated them into his own being. He prepared an extended
essay--called by many a book--in which he made an argument
against Christianity, striving to prove that the Bible was not
inspired, and therefore not God's revelation, and that Jesus
Christ was not the Son of God. The manuscript containing these
audacious and comprehensive propositions he intended to have
published or given a wide circulation in some other way. He
carried it to the store, where it was read and freely discussed.
His friend and employer, Samuel Hill, was among the listeners
and, seriously questioning the propriety of a promising young
man like Lincoln fathering such unpopular notions, he snatched
the manuscript from his hands and thrust it into the stove. The
book went up in flames, and Lincoln's political future was
secure. But his infidelity and his skeptical views were not
diminished. -- Herndon's biography of Abraham Lincoln titled The
True Story of a Great Life.
How Honest Abe really felt about secession:
"Any people anywhere, being
inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and
shake off the existing government and to form one that suits
them better. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the
people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any
portion of such people that can, may make their own of such
territory as they inhabit. More than this, a majority of any
portion of such people may revolutionize, putting down a
minority intermingling with or near them who oppose their
movement." -- Abraham Lincoln on the floor of Congress,
January 12, 1848, Congressional Globe, Appendix 1st Session 30th
Congress, page 94
"Only a despotic and imperial government can
coerce seceding states" - William Seward, U.S. Secretary of State
under Abraham Lincoln on 10 April 1861 to Charles Francis Adams,
Minister to the Court of St. James (Britain)
Honest Abe's Emancipation Proclamation did not free a single slave.
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln practically
imposed a dictatorship on the Northern states, closed down nearly 300 Northern newspapers,
had thousands of Northerners arrested, invaded the Northern states of Maryland, Kentucky, and
Missouri and took over their legislatures, all because those three sovereign states didn't
want to participate in his war which they considered unconstitutional.
The Writ of Habeas Corpus was suspended by
Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, during which tens of thousands
of antiwar Northerners were imprisoned for voicing their views.
Lincoln issued an arrest warrant for the Supreme Court Chief Justice
when he correctly ruled that according to Article I of the Constitution, only
Congress, not the president, could suspend the Great Writ of Habeas
Most Americans do not know that the American
Civil War stated out as a kind of coup. While Congress was in recess the Lincoln warmongers
had multiple provocations in the works to resupply and land troops in the Southern forts
that were under a truce. At the time that was clearly an act of war. But their plan was to
get the Confederates to fire on the resupply ships and then accuse them of starting the war.
It worked very well. In the end Lincoln killed more Americans than Hitler and Tojo combined.
Yet, he is still revered in the land of the free. The Red Chinese, when defending their
treatment of Tibet, use Lincoln as their hero. Our press never reports that interesting
twist over here.
At the beginning of the Civil War, Lincoln and his little coup
of Northern Industrialists wanted a nice short six month war to
get them out of a depression. The federal government was dead
broke and 10,000 businesses had gone bankrupt in the North. They
had agreed to pull out of the Southern port forts and a truce
was in effect. Confederate peace negotiators in Arlington,
Virginia were assured that the North had no military intentions
toward the seceded South. 'We just have some hot heads we have
to contend with up here before we can do a non-aggression treaty'.
To get the war started Lincoln launched multiple resupply
missions to several of the forts, an act of war at the time, to
get the Confederate States of America forces to fire on them
which they did at Sumter in Charleston. Lincoln claimed that an
innocent food supply convoy had been attacked. The archives
showed they were landing troops, artillery and munitions. To
this day we hardly ever meet a soul who knows this real history
despite it's being right in our archives.
It is rare to find a military officer, especially
a Yankee, that knows that the loading manifests for the Fort Sumter ships have been open in
the archives for a hundred years. They clearly show the troops and cannons on the manifests.
But these inconvenient facts are ignored by the professional historians...it has something to
do with hurting book sales.
Lincoln killed more Americans than Hitler and Tojo combined.
Here’s a little known fact about “Saint Abraham”:
When General Benjamin “Beast” Butler issued an order declaring all
the women of New Orleans to be prostitutes because they refused to
genuflect to his occupying soldiers on the streets, Lincoln refused
to rescind the order despite international pressure to do so. The
order was a license to rape. - Dr. Thomas J. DiLorenzo
And that, folks, is a brief, politically incorrect, observation of the indisputable facts.
Pastor John Weaver's booklet: Honest Abe Wasn't Honest
Abraham Lincoln's Religious Views
Worst President Ever?
Lincoln's Tariff War video by Dr. Thomas J. DiLorenzo
Dr. Thomas J. DiLorenzo on Abraham Lincoln
Thomas DiLorenzo is the author of The Real Lincoln, Lincoln Unmasked, and
Hamilton’s Curse. Dr. DiLorenzo is today’s foremost critic of Lincoln.
Dr. DiLorenzo is a professor of economics at Loyola University Maryland and a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, he has
written for the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, Barron’s, and many other publications. He is widely
published in the academic journals, including the American Economic Review, Economic Inquiry, International Review of Law and Economics,
Public Choice, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, and many others. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech.
Lew Rockwell's King Lincoln Archive
Lincoln's Inversion of the American Union
Debunking Old Civil War Myths Long Proven Wrong
The Real Lincoln by Thomas DiLorenzo, Ph.D.
Lincoln Unmasked by Thomas DiLorenzo, Ph.D.
When In The Course of Human Events by Charles Adams
Abraham Lincoln: Was He A Christian by John E. Remsburg
The Real Lincoln by Charles L.C. Minor
Facts and Falsehoods Concerning The War On The South by George Edmonds
America's Caesar by Greg Loren Durand
Red Republicans and Lincoln's Marxists: Marxism in the Civil War by Walter Kennedy
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