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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (August 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595446981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595446988
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walter D. Kennedy is a history enthusiast and author of several books on Southern history including The South Was Right. He is a frequent guest on the Oliver North radio show and Bill Mahr?s Politically Incorrect. Al Benson Jr. is a true Copperhead, a Northerner with Southern sympathies. His interests include challenging the standard, historical views of the Republican Party.

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70 of 93 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Murray on September 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
"The Union is Dissolved!" This was the Charleston Mercury headline for the evening of December 20, 1860. South Carolina had seceded from the Union. The United States were no longer united and would never be truly united again.

South Carolina and the 10 other Southern states who followed her in seceding from the Union were not traitors. Each state belonging to the Confederacy had left the old Union the same way it had joined - by majority vote of elected representatives. According to our founding fathers and authors Walter D. Kennedy and Al Benson, Jr., Red Republicans and Lincoln's Marxists, Southerners were simply exercising their Constitutional right to form a new government.

By the late 1850s, the heavily populated, mostly industrial Northern states were trying to expand the powers of the federal government in order to benefit their industrial benefactors. This they did at the expense of the less populated, mostly agricultural Southern states. After the 1860 election of a big government radical who promised numerous unconstitutional changes, 11 Southern states decided it was time to form a new nation, one whose federal government did not exceed the powers granted it by their constitution - which, by the way - was nearly identical to the old one.

There was one difference, as Kennedy and Benson point out. Northern banks and businesses profiting in slavery had refused to allow an end to their profitable African slave trade. The Confederacy put an end it. Those who claim Southerners left the Union because they feared Mr. Lincoln might end slavery argue a lie that has been propagated for 145 years. The so-called Civil War was never about slavery, and Mr. Lincoln's all-powerful federal government didn't free the slaves. It bought them.
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Seeking Disciple VINE VOICE on August 14, 2008
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Bigger government. More social programs. Look to the government for help, aid, comfort, and direction. This is no doubt where we are in America today. No matter if the leadership is Republican or Democrats or independents, all want bigger government. In 2000 President Bush was elected President promoting smaller government but by his departure in 2009, the United States government is larger than ever before. Where does the idea of big government come from? Why do diseasters such as Hurricane Catrina and the city of New Orleans reveal that people are more dependent on government than ever before and with no hope of getting out from under its grasp?

In this eye-opening book, Walter Kennedy shows how red republicans influenced Abraham Lincoln and the American political system during the Civil War to bring about their hope for larger government based on the principles of Marxism with the State taking control of all property rights and restributing wealth. This was the rally cry for the North during the Civil War to liberate slaves and to bring about one republic without state's rights to interfere. For Southerners, the Civil War was an act of aggression against independent States with their own rights. The North rallied to fight this idea.

Kennedy does a good job of showing the history of the red republicans, their ideals, and how their influence is still felt today. He shows how Lincoln, whether he realised it or not, was heavily influenced by the red republicans. This effect is ongoing in both political parties today. Overall this is a great book and an enjoyment to read.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. J. on August 10, 2009
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Many modern Americans assume that socialism didn't affect our national politics until the twentieth century, but authors Kennedy and Benson have set out to prove otherwise. "Red Republicans and Lincoln's Marxists" is the result of their boots-to-the-ground research on a rather neglected topic: how the theories of Marx and Engels affected the nineteenth century United States. According to the authors, the European revolutions of 1848 didn't merely involve the early liberals (root word: liberty), they also involved socialists (communists; the two terms were then interchangeable). And when the revolts failed, many of the socialists were forced to flee their home countries and emmigrate to the United States. Already proven activists, they began attempting to push America toward socialism. But since many Americans, North and South, disagreed with their ideals, they had to be satisfied with gradual victories, resulting in their overwhelming support for the early Republican party and the Union war effort.

Few of us were taught in school that the first presidential administration to give a post to a socialist was Lincoln's; and the parts of the book which trace the activities of particular socialist immigrants are perhaps the most educational. They knock down many idols that modern Americans are unfortunately given to worship.

Kennedy and Benson start out by comparing how Lincoln's views, though neither communist nor fascist, agreed with Marx's and Hitler's where support for big government is concerned. Though their statements are correct, clearly backed by primary sources, they sometimes sound overly partisan, to the extent of seeming less scholarly: a definite weakness. Their writing also lacks smoothness in places; the book's title itself is somewhat cumbersome.
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