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By John Remington Graham, author of A Constitutional History of Secession

"In this scholarly work of a heretofore neglected aspect of America's costliest conflict, Mr. Graham is more than equal to his subject. His obvious gift of analysis will impress the reader, and his conclusions will astound even the most dedicated students of the War Between the States. Intellectual in style, yet fluid and highly readable, Mr. Graham's findings challenge conventional thought. Not for the delicate sensibilities of the politically correct, Mr. Graham's conclusions will disturb some and infuriate others, but students of the war with the guts and gumption to peruse it will be amply rewarded. The evidence that he brings into the court of public opinion is irrefutable and demands a verdict. A remarkable tour de force!"
-Tommy Curtis, first lieutenant commander, Louisiana Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans

"If understanding what fuels the political process is the objective, this book is a must read. All acknowledge that the current state of the American union of states is dire. Offensive wars, ostensibly to promote global democracy, ballooning deficits, pervasive corruption, and expanding entitlements are some of the signs. Jeffersonian republicanism, the constitutional rule of law, and real statesmanship are distant memories, displaced by usurping money-grubbing stockjobbers, Wall Street warmongers, and 'benevolent' tyrants. Mr. Graham clarifies this reality by exposing the moneyed interests pulling the strings of national politics for their own personal gain at the expense of Americans' fundamental rights and liberties. And, thankfully, he presents his readers with a reasoned and constitutional means to recover those rights and liberties."
-Marshall DeRosa, professor of political science, Florida Atlantic University

Author John Remington Graham is a former law professor and an experienced trial lawyer. A specialist in British, American, and Canadian constitutional law and history, he resides with his wife in Quebec, Canada.

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John Remington Graham is an experienced trial lawyer and former professor of law. A founding professor of Hamline University School of Law, he has worked as a federal public defender and an advisor to the amicus curiae for Quebec in the Quebec secession case of 1998. He frequently lectures on the constitutionality of secession.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589803981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589803985
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 9, 2006
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Written by professional trial lawyer and history expert John Remington Graham, Blood Money: The Civil War and the Federal Reserve is a scholarly and studious examination of an oft-neglected aspect of the American Civil War - how the great international banking houses augmented the pre-existing antagonisms between North and South, how the Federal Reserve came to be created, and the negative legacies of public debt following the Civil War. Researched with exacting precision and calculated depth, Blood Money will prove enlightening and fascinating to Civil War scholars and lay readers alike, as it exposes myths about the Civil War's origins, and reveals that the hot-button issues of the era served as a convenient means to distract Americans from the huge national debt being incurred - a crisis situation that would in turn prompt a hostile takeover of American banking and currency. Highly recommended.
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67 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Josephine Southern on April 5, 2007
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As an amateur, a self-taught person, I started my education of Lincoln's War some 15 years ago when I took up Genealogy and found so many Southern Ancestors. I wondered Who were these people, What were they like, and Why did they support the Confederate States of America?

I consumed many books on the subject, traced many family records, and weaved a Social Science Project out of my genealogy database.

There was always the feeling I didn't have it all yet! The thread of "Follow the Money", was there, but not the how and who. My gut feeling was the powerful Roman English money cartel in 1861-1865 took back the Colony of America and reversed the Revolutionary War. Yet, I had until this book, no input to justify this notion.

Now I do, thank you John Remington Graham.

Is it Believable? My answer is a resounding yes. After reading "Blood Money" I came across an excerpt from War is a Racket 1935; reprint, 2003)

by Two-Time Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient:

Major General Smedley D. Butler, USMC [Retired]. Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 - June 21, 1940), nicknamed "The Fighting Quaker" and "Old Gimlet Eye," was a Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps and, at the time of his death, the most decorated Marine in U.S. history.

In his 1935 book, War is a Racket, Butler presented an exposé and trenchant condemnation of the profit motive behind warfare. One of Butler's most widely quoted statements:

I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Weisser Wolf on June 6, 2009
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The author makes his case well for the influence of the European banking houses agitating for war to further their aims. The book is not very long and I read it in one evening but another book of novel size could be written from the bibliography the author gives in the back of this one!!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Vincent T. James on May 10, 2009
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This book is not long, but provides alot of good evidence that a plot was afoot to create a centralized banking system in the USA, long before the Federal Reserve came into being. Check it out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on September 20, 2014
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Graham is a great scholar who has written some very thick books on the history of constitutionalism and secession. In this book, he takes a "conspiratorial view of history," and argues that shadowy forces of central banking fanned the flames between the North and the South. He makes some good points.

Unfortunately, I think Graham reaches a bit too far. In addition to bringing to light other forgotten/suppressed causes of the so-called "Civil War," he tries to destroy others. On the question of tariffs, for instance, he falls into the trap of many mainstream historians: the tariff of 1857 was low! Yes, indeed it was, but many Southerners still felt that any tariff at all, even low ones, were exploitative. In addition, the Morrill Tariff - which would have been one of the heaviest in history - was making its way through Congress with support from the Republican Party and Abraham Lincoln. This, as Robert P. Warren wrote during the Centennial, was a sign of things to come. Tariffs were mentioned by every State which issued a declaration of causes along with their secession ordinances, and were decried as "atrocious" and "odious" in secession conventions.

I've spent a long time trying to make sense of the causes of secession and war. About a year ago, it clicked with me: there's not just one! Why must there be only one? Graham brings to light one of many causes, though he is a bit overzealous about trying to prove that this was the one, true cause.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Barwis on September 9, 2012
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Good info, easy read. True stuff, I highly recommend. Americans need to look deeper into our past and the lies we have been told.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seaotter on October 2, 2013
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I love to read. Look at my book reviews and you'll see quite a few of them. There are only a couple of books that I have even read twice. This small 75 page book deserves as many stars as a reviewer can give it. It not only gives the most reasonable explanation of the many books I've read on the subject as to why the Civil War happened, it takes you all the way to 1913 and up to the present. The book is thoroughly researched, well written, very informative, enjoyable and hard to put down. Why have I read it three times? Because I want to be able to accurately explain the author's ideas. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
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