DiLorenzo is correct as far as he goes, however from what I gather, the good professor remains quite liberal, and his written words castigate Lincoln for hypocrisy; that is, in Lincoln’s not being sincere to the negro, but in using him as a political pawn.
I’ve heard DiLorenzo on the Sirius Mike Church show (for whom everything is “the economy”), and whenever they discuss negroes and slavery their discussion never, and I mean never, turns on anything that could be construed as race realism, but is simply to offer arguments that Lincoln was at heart a “racist,” albeit more importantly a political opportunist and tyrant.
You have the Independent article on Catalonia and Scotland linked here under Lew Rockwell.
Anyway, DiLorenzo is correct in that Lincoln didn’t lobby Congress to pass the amendment. He didn’t have to. He had just subdued all opposition to it by waging a war and destroying the South. So he actually did more than anyone to assure its passage.
Of course Goodwin’s book and Spielberg’s movie are complete rubbish, but as much as I like DiLorenzo he’s still missing the real Lincoln.
Played this while dropping my other half at the airport. Good exposé on Goodwin as an intellectual fraud.
Lincoln was obviously a Negrophilliac. Some of this must have come from his residency in Illinois. He would have seen and been party to escaped slaves and the catchers who pursued them. There is a classic passage about Harry Flashman encountering the bastard in Flash For Freedom someplace on the Ohio river at an abolitionists meeting. It’s not to. E missed. Conservative English renegade meets meglomaniac lawyer.
It’s a romp. Lincoln is captured beautifully by the perceptive George MacDonald Fraser.
“I’ve been missing some great stuff”
I mentioned DiLorenzo’s “Lincoln Unmasked” here a few days ago.
m is right: He “never turns on anything that could be construed as race realism, but…(argues) that Lincoln was at heart a ‘racist,’ albeit more importantly a political opportunist and tyrant.” It is just the sort of thing that Tea Partiers like.