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Red Republicans and Lincoln's Marxists: Marxism in the Civil War 0th Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
Kennedy and Benson have written a long needed volume that exposes who these socialists were and what impact they had on America and events taking place during that time. In my history of Terry's Texas Rangers, I had come across August Willich and his socialist leanings. On reading this book, I realized that the communist ideas of Willich was miniscule compared to the impact of the many socialist generals who were recruited for the Union war effort. Their ideas and policies were a large part of the war and the execution of the war.
If want an eye-opening account that will change your views of the war, then consider this book.
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John thames, a commenter seems to not have read this book very well.
The "Marxists" who came over and fought for Lincoln were mostly NON-Jewish, German/Aryan... Read more
If you think you like history and truth you might want to read this book. Totally amazing what went on for the past 200 years in our country right under people's noses.Published 6 months ago by Grammie Gee
Just excellent by two great men. I remember The Counselor published in Shreveport, and The National Educaation as it was in the early and mid-seventies. Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. Rogers
History facts I've never read before, so important to understand what is transpiring today in this nation. What a great book!Published 23 months ago by Barbara J. Smith
It's no secret that Marx, socialists and working people generally around the world were on the side of the Union in the Civil War. Why? Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Drake Donegal
This by no means comprehensive survey of forgotten influences demonstrates that Communism came to America from the Jewish inspired revolutions of 1848 by way of the Republican... Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by john thames
Great book for ones historical library. It give an extended view of history as it was with Lincoln. Great reading.Published on February 1, 2013 by Landis Potter