This is the best work I have ever read on the War of 1861-present. I punctures the Great American Myth and topples Father Abraham from his throne in his Olympian Temple on the Mall. Wars are not fought over other peoples’ labour systems; they are fought over the control of other peoples’ resources. This is imperialism, and the rulers of imperial nations who wage these wars wage them for power and self-aggrandizement. Lincoln and his crony-capitalists cloaked their crime in robes of morality, and duped posterity with what Voltaire called “the propaganda of the victorious.”
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The Confederacy had nothing to gain and everything to lose by inaugurating war against the industrializing colossus, but when Lincoln waged his war of invasion, conquest, and coerced political allegiance, he drove Virginia, “The Mother of States and Statesmen” – among others – out of the Union. When Virginia’s Governor Letcher received Lincoln’s call for troops to subjugate the “Cotton Kingdom” and bring it back under the heel of his “Mercantile Kingdom,” Letcher refused, and indicted Lincoln: “You have chosen to inaugurate civil war, and we will resist it with the same spirit you have exhibited towards the South.” The next day, Virginia seceded, and three years later Mr. Lincoln’s army burned down Governor Letcher’s house. Emancipation? Dr. Pace says that Union, forced by the bayonet, is slavery.
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