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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.

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"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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (July 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158980905X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589809055
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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What a fascinating book! As a student of the War between the States, I've read countless books and articles on the subject, theories as to what ultimately led to the conflict and opinions as to how sectional and political differences could lead to the unspeakable inhumanity and slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Americans...... but was always left with the opinion that there had to be more to the story and a missing explanation that would bring it all into focus. Little did I realize the degree to which Karl Marx and his followers would influence the politics of the mid 19th century United States and inculcate socialist views into the policies of the Radical Republican party and the Lincoln Administration. How could this mind set differ so radically from the Constitutional Republic envisioned by the Framers, ultimately leading to a costly war, diminished States Rights and a burgeoning Centralized government. The precedents established during the Lincoln administration are far reaching, even influencing today's political landscape. One's perspective of the War between the States will never be the same after reading "Lincoln's Marxists" and learning the rest of the story.
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Excellent book. Must read to appreciate. Good rebuttal to Yankee revisionist history
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I think that this is a great book. Who knew that Lincoln's war staff was filled with so many communists? Or about the role that his advisers played in moving our government to the left, and away from the constitutional republic envisioned by our founders. the outcome of the 'Civil War' was to destroy state's rights, and enlarge the size and scope of government. a timely, well written and interesting work.
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I told myself that I wasn't going to write a review of any sort until I read the entire book, but on chapter eight I had to cave and write this review. Like Dilorenzo's book on Lincoln, this book is one of the most if not the most informative books on dispelling the myth of Lincoln and unlike Dilorenzo's book, it is a smooth read. As Lincoln stated his points were brief, that he stood for high protective tariffs, a nationalized bank and internal improvements. So no matter if it was through his PR crusade to "free the slaves" or the his strong alignment with Marxists idols and leaders Lincoln's ultimate goal was to greatly expand the size and scope of government particularly the federal government. Both Al Benson Jr and Donald Kennedy do an excellent job at sourcing the roots of Marxism in America and the hidden religious ideals of Lincoln. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who is tired of the lies of the empire.
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So far as I've read, it is impeccably well researched, synthesizing isolated historical sources into a coherent narrative that in all the 12 years of undergraduate public school, local library reading especially heavy in history of the "Civil War", purchased paperbacks available in the late 1950's, all through the 1960's as well as both documentary movies on public broadcasting and regular theater productions, until college and through out that 5 year study of the same: none of the important facts this book presents was made into any one of the school books I ever read and I took extra ( ) courses I took in history or read personally on the War of Northern Aggression as I've more recently come to understand it to have been. This is in direct opposition to the factoids presented as 'history' to me over a period exceeding 60 years, This book is difficult reading because the correlations and relationships it draws from the letters of Karl Marx, Frederick Engels and their followers from the socialist communities here in the US and abroad, to entire US Army divisions who were largely socialists or communists or both during the Civil War; it's like nothing with which I'm familiar and it creates a great tension to read such things that have been edited out of the regular history books I've had to study in several different colleges, among quite a few other kinds of personal learning & research on my own or in combination with others in group projects both in and beyond school.
I highly recommend your buying and taking time to read and look at the bibliographical (in the case of Marx & Engels personal correspondence on and during the Civil War with letters to and from Pres.
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LINCOLN'S MARXISTS
AL BENSON, JR. AND WALTER DONALD KENNEDY
PELICAN PUBLISHING COMPANY, 2011
HARDCOVER, $24.95, 288 PAGES, PHOTOGRAPHS, APPENDICES, NOTES, BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDEX

In 1848, in a fever of creativity, Marx and Engels wrote and published a document they called The Communist Manifesto. Combined with the nationalistic sentinment of Italy's Garibaldis, Spain's Espansas, Germany's Hohenzollerns, and Poland's Veltas, they created an atmosphere for radical revolution. That very year, the most wrenching series of civil wars and revolutions in all Western civilization up to that time occurred simultaneously in many areas across Europe.

What became the single overarching 1848 Revolution failed in all eighteen places where it broke out. But the ideas it spawned would survive to define the century that followed. In light of the failure of the 1848 Revolution, there began a migration to the United States to escape government retribution.

Of the estimated 1.3 milion Germans residing in the United States in April, 1861, an estimated 180,000 to 216,000 would participate in The War Between The States for the Union. Of those numbers, nearly 5,000 had previously fought in the revolutionary armies and insurrections in Baden, the Palatinate, Hungary, in the Rhineland, Poland, Bohemia, Berlin, or Saxony between 1848-1849. These German "Forty-Eighters" as they came to be known, fought to establish a democratic and unified Germany. Many also participated in insurrections in other European countries as well. At least 18 "Fort-Eighters" were colonels who commanded German regiments at one time or another with a further six or seven commanding non-German regiments.
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