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Red Republicans and Lincoln's Marxists: Marxism in the Civil War 0th Edition

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. C. Murray on September 8, 2008
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"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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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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This is a polemical text whose sole justification seems to be in vilifying Lincoln and the North for persecuting the poor freedom loving southerners in their quest for independence. The author attempts to do this by painting Lincoln's administration as a hotbed of Marxists and anti-capitalist revolutionaries. He reaches this conclusion by making odd comments like socialism only results in slavery, while ignoring the fact that southern capitalism created real slavery. He skirts around the issue of slavery without mentioning racism at all, insisting that slaveowners were the most vociferous opponents of slavery themselves and it was the greedy maritime merchants of the North that perpetuated the evil. Of course his arguments are completely ridiculous as even a casual scholar of the Civil War realizes. He does have some interesting things to say about the post-1848 revolutionaries who found refuge in the US but since he has cherrypicked his facts elsewhere, one can never know what he's left out that doesn't support his polemic. The irony is that, as a left winger, all of his intended insults against socialism in Civil War America were to me positive comments on progressivism. I recommend this to right wingers who like to wrap their warped ideas about freedom with a confederate flag.
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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. Re-published in hardback in 2011 with different cover and slightly different title, exactly the same content.
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As an author, it is refreshing to come across a book that addresses the topic of socialist involved in the War Between the States. In researching for my other books, I had often come across mentions of Union Generals and staff that had socialists connections. This book sheds light on those connections and elaborates on how influential those socialist leaders were. Many Americans are unaware of how the events of 1848 Europe have impacted their nation.

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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