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"Benson and Kennedy have provided an exhaustively researched treatment of the connections of Lincoln's enthusiastic immigrant supporters with the communists' movements of Europe, then and later. They have made a vital contribution to uncovering the true story of the War Between the States."
--Clyde Wilson, distinguished professor of history emeritus, University of South Carolina
In the mid-nineteenth century, a group of radical socialists known as the Forty-Eighters brought their views to the United States, seeking to change its government and society. These advocates of big government supported the ideologies of Abraham Lincoln and endorsed him as a presidential candidate. This compelling book follows the rise of the early Republican Party, describing how a group of extreme socialists set the tone for today's Leviathan government.
Eighteen chapters offer an in-depth explanation of the Forty-Eighters, noting their origins in Europe, where the socialist revolutions took place; their influence on the election of 1861; and their role in the Union army. Sections question the high regard that such communists as Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels held for Lincoln. Lincoln's Marxists also scrutinizes Lincoln's religious views, disputing the common belief that he was a pious Christian.
Addenda include profiles of early American communists and socialists, an article on twenty-first century secession movements, and a recommended reading list. Pictures of historical figures provide a visual reference. Through cogent examinations, the authors reveal a side of Abraham Lincoln's life that has remained shrouded in obscurity.
Al Benson, Jr., is the editor and publisher of the Copperhead Chronicle, a newsletter that presents history from a pro-Southern and Christian perspective. In addition to writing for Southern Patriot and other publications, he is a member of the Confederate Society of America and the League of the South. Benson resides in Sterlington, Louisiana.
Walter Donald Kennedy is an outspoken advocate of limited government and states' rights. He continues to engage his audience at Tea Party events and Southern heritage conferences throughout the country. In addition to contributing articles to numerous publications, he has appeared on such television programs as Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect. He is the coauthor of the best-selling The South Was Right!, Was Jefferson Davis Right?, Why Not Freedom! America's Revolt Against Big Government, and Nullifying Tyranny: Creating Moral Communities in an Immoral Society and the author of Myths of American Slavery, all published by Pelican. Kennedy lives in Downsville, Louisiana.
"In their fascinating recent book Lincoln's Marxists . . . Walter D. Kennedy and Al Benson, Jr., examine the role of the "Forty-Eighters"-veterans of the eighteen interconnected revolutions that convulsed Europe in 1848-1849-in creating the Republican Party, bringing Lincoln to power, and conducting the war against the South."
--William Norman Grigg, author, America's Engineered Decline
"You must read this book."
--Alan Stang, radio host, The Sting of Stang
"I eagerly look forward to books written by Donnie and Al. Their research is well documented and impeccable in uncovering facts regarding the persons and events surrounding the war. I consider their books essential for any serious scholar and often find myself returning to their books again and again to glean important information and insights."
--Jeffrey D. Murrah, former professor, San Jacinto College, and winner, 2007 Presidio La Bahia Award
"Kennedy and Benson's research reveals some remarkable facts about Abe Lincoln, his political party, and his genocidal army. . . . I can't say enough to commend all the scholarship behind [this book], and I encourage every freedom-loving American to read it. . . . Get a copy and learn the truth about the most turbulent part of American history, then you'll understand the source of all the social and political ills we're still suffering today."
--R. C. Murray, author, Prole Nation
A real Eye and Mind Opener for those who have been blinded by the false history put out there by the Progressives!Published 8 months ago by Southron Patriot
This historically accurate review of Communists within American government at such a pivotal stage in our development when we think of Communism as something Russia developed is a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by John Rogers
Instead of using my own words, I would like to quote two lines from Al Benson Jr.'s preface: "Lincoln's view of government, that is, the Union, and the similarities between his... Read morePublished 20 months ago by damon
Lots of good info. Great for those who really want to know the truth about our history instead of sitting on the sidelines.Published 21 months ago by Landis Potter
I wish to write this review a little differently so as to give everyone a reason to pause and think of what we see in the US political scene around us today. Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by Charles M. Lamb