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message 1: by Liesda (new)

Liesda Dachlan Actually, I never read this book and only very few information I know about Abraham Lincoln. I also appriciate Lincoln's character as a smart and wise national leader for such a big nation, USA. But, it's very sorry to know that how a part of American people, particularly their political and religious elites'ideas and behaviours on democracy. They're very pride and worship their fundamental ideology, democracy, but they also act againts democracy, by killing many people in the Moslem countries, such as Iraq and Afganistas in the name of democracy.


message 2: by Noah (new)

Noah Weisling If you dont like america you can just get out


message 3: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth So took the words out of the mouth in you review! Great review and thoughts


message 4: by Manny (new)

Manny You are aware that the Emancipation Proclamation freed no one, right? You do understand that many of the things he did as POTUS were outside of the scope of power he is granted in the Constitution, right? You are also aware that the war was not in fact fought the freedom of the slaves, right? Just checking. Cause you comments are like many people who laud him when in fact it should be the opposite. I would say that he was the most hated President save that of Obama. He was hated by the North and the South. Also, I believe you took the other commenter to task. But actually, she is correct in that the US uses war for peace which is an oxymoron. We do attack other countries in the name of Democracy when we in fact have allowed our own government to become a dictatorship and allow the government to strip us of our rights and freedoms. Just saying. I love to read about Lincoln and that period but I know who and what he was. Nothing against you nor do I mean any offence in case you took it as such.


message 5: by J. (new)

J. Thanks Manny. Someone brought these things to my attention a week ago and until then looked at it just like Ellis. Several other countries ended slavery without a war, so either our war wasn't about slavery or we are the worst country on earth. I'm still researching and learning more about the time and situation. Got any reading suggestions on the topic?


message 6: by Manny (new)

Manny Thanks J.

There are a few:

The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War

Lincoln Unmasked: What You're Not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe

Lincoln Uber Alles: Dictatorship Comes to America

Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln's White Dream

These are a few that point out specifically what he did. You can then read some of the "main stream" books by the Lincolntonians that will sometime give you the information but skirt by it or white wash it.

One of the glaring things that pops up in all the books I read, is how "the states were let back into the Union" well, I am no attorney, but if you never had the right to leave the Union (secede), why would you need to be "allowed BACK into the Union". Also, the South did not want to control the North, on the contrary, they wanted nothing to do with the North. Additionally, if the South was still part of the Union (because of the aforementioned) then surely sending Sherman to kill innocent women and children (HIS people) would put him on the list with some of the great dictators of our life. Don't let me influence your conclusion. Read the books I recommended if you can and you will come up with your own conclusion, although, anyone with elementary level research skills will see him for what he was.

Good luck with your research. Don't get discouraged. Keep looking for the truth.


message 7: by Gabby (new)

Gabby Excellent comments, Manny. It's refreshing to read thoughts by someone who has read enough to know what he's talking about.


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