Presentation Title

Abraham Lincoln: Making a Man of a Legend

Location

Guzman 111

Start Date

4-19-2018 3:20 PM

End Date

4-19-2018 3:35 PM

Department

History

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Jordan Lieser, Ph.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

“Honest Abe” as he is often called remains one of the most popular Presidents of the United States today. One of the most prominent landmarks of Washington D.C, the Lincoln Memorial, is dedicated to him, and he appears on the penny and 5 dollar bill. Although President Lincoln’s actions did lead to the end of the evil and unjust system of slavery, Lincoln created a military dictatorship, violated numerous principles of the Constitution, enacted an unlawful blockade of Southern commerce before war was declared, and oversaw General Sherman’s brutal “March to the Sea” that utterly destroyed a large part of the Southern economy and the livelihoods of Southern civilians, amongst other unjust actions as Commander-in-Chief. Lincoln played a major role in the extension of the Civil War when alternatives to peace were possible. Lincoln himself admitted that he did not start the war to abolish slavery, but rather to keep the South in the Union so that it’s revenue could continue to flow to the North. My thesis will include perspectives from authors such as Thomas J. Dilorenzo, who wrote the controversial novel Lincoln Unmasked, as well as testimony from Lincoln himself and those who lived during the Civil War and experienced his tyranny first-hand.

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Abraham Lincoln: Making a Man of a Legend

Guzman 111

“Honest Abe” as he is often called remains one of the most popular Presidents of the United States today. One of the most prominent landmarks of Washington D.C, the Lincoln Memorial, is dedicated to him, and he appears on the penny and 5 dollar bill. Although President Lincoln’s actions did lead to the end of the evil and unjust system of slavery, Lincoln created a military dictatorship, violated numerous principles of the Constitution, enacted an unlawful blockade of Southern commerce before war was declared, and oversaw General Sherman’s brutal “March to the Sea” that utterly destroyed a large part of the Southern economy and the livelihoods of Southern civilians, amongst other unjust actions as Commander-in-Chief. Lincoln played a major role in the extension of the Civil War when alternatives to peace were possible. Lincoln himself admitted that he did not start the war to abolish slavery, but rather to keep the South in the Union so that it’s revenue could continue to flow to the North. My thesis will include perspectives from authors such as Thomas J. Dilorenzo, who wrote the controversial novel Lincoln Unmasked, as well as testimony from Lincoln himself and those who lived during the Civil War and experienced his tyranny first-hand.