The Monster Lincoln weaves an intricate tapestry. The finished tapestry reveals a Lincoln apotheosis and descendant lies that constitute a deliberate distortion of American history of epic proportions. The history presents a sainted savior. The tapestry displays a monster. Lincoln was my favorite president and premier hero until seven years of research on a novel revealed many facts at odds with my education and society’s portrayal of him.
After synthesizing these readily obtainable facts I’ve concluded the following: that the North was the primary architect and primary beneficiary of our slave-fueled society; that Lincoln was a racist by any era’s definition, and that he freed no slaves; that secession had widely been considered legal, even by a young Lincoln; that his savage war against civilians made him a war criminal in the eyes of the world; that now-forgotten abolitionist Congressmen, not Lincoln, authored and promulgated the documents which actually emancipated the slaves; that his overthrow of the Constitution and assumption of dictatorial power have set a precedent for a future dictator; that the Cold War with the Soviet Union led to white-washing our history books of America’s long symbiotic friendship with Russia, which included her significant contributions toward the outcomes of the Civil War and the War of 1812. Lincoln sent a note pleading for help from Russia’s czar in 1862 and America threw lavish parties celebrating Alexander II’s effective response.
Lincoln was a mercantilist beholden to Northern bankers and industrialists who demanded that he keep the Union together to facilitate several goals: saving the Northern economy, building a transcontinental railroad, nationalizing the banks, and creating a world power allied with Russia to counter the French/English block. None of those goals was achievable if the South won independence, so keeping the goals viable after secession required an invasion to sustain the unwanted union. The abolition of slavery, however, required no such invasion. Thoreau said slavery could be eliminated if the North simply boycotted slave-made products. The abolitionist Spooner said the North could have a slave-free country by enforcing existing laws and seceding from the South. The Liverpool Daily Post editorialized that in the event of Southern freedom, Europe would prevail on the Confederacy to abolish slavery as a condition for doing business. For that reason, Charles Dickens wrote that peaceful secession offered the quickest route to abolition and the least painful path toward assimilation of freed slaves into American society. In the aftermath of his scorched earth warfare, Lincoln could only reply aphoristically to the question of how to assimilate four-million freed slaves in a ravaged land. His cold, succinct reply was “They will root, hog, or die.” As late as April 11, 1865 he asked General Benjamin Butler for a plan to relocate the masses of freedmen to foreign colonies. Colonization is the only plan Lincoln ever endorsed. Assimilation was anathema to him.
Most countries with slaves——and there were many——had emancipated them peacefully prior to our Civil War. They amply demonstrated that abolition did not require war. Empire building did require war. The aggressive, violent centralization of America’s government by Lincoln was admired and emulated by Bismarck, Marx, Lenin, and Hitler. Borrowing from Lincoln’s first inaugural address, in Chapter 10 of Mein Kampf, Hitler postulates that state sovereignty never existed in America. American history’s portrayal of Lincoln is fraudulent, and society’s worship of him is unwarranted.
Paul H. Belz is a lifelong Baltimore bachelor and a graduate of Loyola University Maryland and The Johns Hopkins University. He taught high school history, American government, and economics for ten years, coached basketball for twenty years, operated a real estate company and a securities firm and has had an enduring passion for photography and writing.
His books include:
The Monster Lincoln: The Lies My Schools Taught Me; a 55,000-word essay about the Lincoln mythology.
Mallwalking; A book of essays about fascinating characters encountered while mallwalking over a period of decades.
Wisdom to Go;A collection of 550 proverbs, maxims, axioms, aphorisms and adages which comprise a philosophy of life.
The American Opus; an epic historical romance novel about four Americans who built the first Russian railroad, a couple trying to change the Victorian marriage paradigm, and the coming-of-age of the United States during the 19th century.
Belz: Portrait of an Old Baltimore Family; a genealogical account of the ancestry of Paul H. Belz and his seven siblings which was a pre-computer book completely produced and funded by various members of the family.