Is the Union voluntary or an agreement with no escape route? Setting the tone, John M. Taylor leads off by noting the travails of a respected ancestor. Major questions in America are explored, including differing views of the meaning of union. Though numerous issues led to war, most modern establishment historians generalize everything down to one. Pre-war and post-war years are largely ignored, trivialized, or sanitized.
The four-year travesty of 1861-65 represents the most destructive period in American history and a change in the republic itself. The conflict-the agricultural South versus the North, where agriculture was important, but corporate, banking, and industrial interests swung the most weight. Jeffersonian States’ Rights meets Hamiltonian Nationalism.
Modern portrayals of Lincoln perpetuate the winner’s narrative; facts that fall outside the politically correct script are cast asunder. A power-seeking individual such as Lincoln was required to transform a voluntary confederation into a top-heavy centralized government. Protectionist Whigs and other big government advocates created the centralizing vehicle-the Republican Party-to accomplish their goals. In 1860, they selected Abraham Lincoln to implement the agenda. Taylor shows how Lincoln and the Radical Republicans planted the seeds of leviathan we witness today.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Preface Chapter One - The Declaration of Independence Chapter Two - States' Rights Chapter Three - Conflict on the Horizon Chapter Four - Mr. Lincoln's Background and Motivation Chapter Five - Mr. Lincoln's Political Ambition Chapter Six - Lincoln: Law, Politics and Railroads Chapter Seven - Activist Support for Lincoln and the Republicans Chapter Eight - Lincoln wins the 1860 Republican Nomination Chapter Nine - The Election of 1860 Chapter Ten - Southern Peace Efforts Chapter Eleven - The Northern Pro-Slavery Amendment Chapter Twelve - The Confederate Constitution Chapter Thirteen - Colonel Baldwin Meets Mr. Lincoln Chapter Fourteen - Fort Sumter Chapter Fifteen - Coercion of the Southern States Chapter Sixteen - Blockading Southern Ports Chapter Seventeen - Illegal Suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus Chapter Eighteen - Suppression of the Press, Speech, and War Resistance Chapter Twenty - Maryland! Oh Maryland! Chapter Twenty-One - Violation of the Fugitive Slave Law Chapter Twenty-Two - West Virginia Chapter Twenty-Three - The Trent Affair Chapter Twenty-Four - The Emancipation Proclamation: A Worthless Piece of Paper or Ingenious War Measure? Chapter Twenty-Five - The Emancipation Proclamation: A Worthless Piece of Paper or Ingenious War Measure? An Analysis (Part 2) Chapter Twenty-Six - The Election of 1864 and the War's Conclusion Chapter Twenty-Seven - Was That Really The Way To Save The Union? Chapter Twenty-Eight - Is the South Really Better Off? Chapter Twenty-Nine - Jefferson Davis - No Apologies! Chapter Thirty - The Insights of Robert E. Lee and Lord Acton Chapter Thirty-One - The Just War Theory Chapter Thirty-Two - Northern Disapproval of the War Chapter Thirty-Three - Lincoln, Democracy and Secession Chapter Thirty-Four - A Different View of Mr. Lincoln's Faith Chapter Thirty-Five - The Apotheosis of Abraham Lincoln Bibliography Index