Lincoln abhorred slavery, declaring that “there can be no moral right in connection with one man’s making a slave of another.” He believed that blacks were entitled to the natural rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as enumerated in the Declaration of Independence and to the fruits of their own labor. Lincoln, however, was no abolitionist demanding an immediate end to slavery
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" has been a box-office hit and nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrayed our 16th president. I haven't seen the movie; therefore, this column is not about the movie but about a man deified by many. My colleague Thomas DiLorenzo, economics professor at Loyola University Maryland, exposed some of the Lincoln myth in his 2006 book, "Lincoln Unmasked." Now comes Joseph Fallon, cultural intelligence analyst and former U.S. Army Intelligence Center instructor, with his new e-book, "Lincoln Uncensored." Fallon's book examines 10 volumes of collected writings and...
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