"No honest student of American history can avoid coming to terms with this work." --Clyde N. Wilson, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, University of South Carolina
From the Inside Flap
"A provocative book challenging the actions of one of America's most beloved presidents."
-WMOT-FM 89.5, Middle Tennessee Public Radio
"Provides a critical perspective on some of the wartime actions of the Lincoln administration . . . Emison has done us a great service by reminding us of one the most shameful incidents in the history of America."
Despite common misconceptions, Southern states were within their rights to withdraw from the Union. In this comprehensive volume, author John Avery Emison supports the South's decision to secede from the controlling federal government; condemns the response of President Lincoln, which resulted in murder, plundering, and mass devastation; and emphasizes that the Civil War was not a battle for racial justice but a conflict caused by the economic dissimilarities between the North and South.
In a series of riveting chapters, Emison explains why each of Lincoln's Machiavellian actions, such as the declaration of war without a vote of Congress, the destructive invasion of states by Union intruders, and the blockade of Southern ports, were illegal. He supports his theories with the Supreme Court doctrines of unmistakability, legislative entrenchment, and equal footing. Emison explains why the often-referenced court case of Texas v. White should not be used to debate the legality of secession. Additional historical analysis is provided by such notable historians as Kenneth Stampp, Leon Litwack, and John Marszalek.
Emison claims that not only did the war devastate the South, but also it opened the door to Lincoln's establishment of a totalitarian regime. In his pungent and engrossing book, the author explores the legality of secession, Lincoln's horrific war crimes against Southern civilians, and the controlling central government of present-day America.
John Avery Emison is an environmental scientist who has worked as a science reporter for the Tennessee Oak Ridger and as an editor of a business newspaper in eastern Tennessee. He has long been a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A member of the Abbeville Institute and the Sigma Xi scientific research society, Emison actively pursues scholarship in Southern history and constitutional law as an avocation. A sixth-generation Tennessean, he has been passionate about history and land conservation his entire life. Emison graduated with a BA in liberal arts from Union University, MS in physical geography from Memphis State University, and PhD in resource geography from Oregon State University. He is also the author of Pelican's The Martin Luther King Congressional Cover-Up: The Railroading of James Earl Ray. Emison resides in Knoxville, Tennessee.