Question 8: Why is understanding Lincoln and the Civil War important?
Of course, understanding history in general is important. Especially economic history. But understanding Lincoln and the Civil War, all sides of both, is vitally important to understand how the U.S. became the U.S. it is today. Such an understanding also informs the future and fate of the U.S.
McClanahan calls the Civil War the “Holy Grail of American history… because if you can control the interpretation about the war, then you control American history. It’s Orwellian, he who controls the present controls the past, he who controls the past controls the future… If you control that, you control people today… how they think about the federal government, how they think about the executive branch, what they think about the Constitution… By saying secession is illegal, that secession is treason, by saying the United States is ‘indivisible’… you are changing the way Americans think about the federal republic. It was not always indivisible.”
When you imagine the future of the U.S. through the frame of freedom, what do you see?
Do you agree or disagree with the historians here? On what specifically? What questions of Lincoln and Liberty would you ask?
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And tell us what you think about the clip below: “Freedom’s greatest hour of danger”
Thomas DiLorenzo, Spielberg’s Upside-down History: The Myth of Lincoln and the 13th Amendment, lewrockwell.com
Robert Johannsen, Lincoln the South and Slavery.
Thomas DiLorenzo, Was Lincoln a Tyrant? lewrockwell.com
Thomas DiLorenzo, How the West (except for the U.S.) Ended Slavery, lewrockwell.com
Jim Powell, Greatest Emancipations: How the West Abolished Slavery
Brion McClanahan, The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution, “Mr. Lincoln’s War” lectures at Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom: http://www.libertyclassroom.com/courses