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BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE CIVIL WAR ERA

Compiled by Joseph B. Longino, Jr.

Across America rages a movement to destroy all vestiges of our past, beginning with Confederate statues and anything else that ties to the Confederacy.  Those who seek to destroy these historical monuments say it is racist to have public displays of any symbols of the Southern Confederacy, claiming the Civil War was fought so the Old South could preserve the institution of slavery.

The truth is: Abraham Lincoln was the biggest racist on the national stage in those days. In his First Inaugural Address, he said he had NO right or DESIRE to interfere with slavery,"I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."

HOWEVER, if the South did not pay its taxes there would be bloodshed. To say he followed up on that threat is an understatement for the ages.

Those who claim the Civil War was fought because the South wanted to preserve slavery conceal the fact that slavery also existed in the northern states.  One of the most telling books is one written by some Connecticut newspaper reporters, Complicity:  How the North Promoted, Prolonged and Profited from Slavery. (Ballantine Books (2005.)

Excerpts from the Preface:

 "The truth, however, which ought to have been plain, is that Connecticut derived a great part, maybe the greatest part, of its early surplus wealth from slavery."

 "What was true of Connecticut turned out to be overwhelmingly true of the entire North."

 "We are journalists, not scholars, and want to share what surprised, and even shocked, the three of us. We have all grown up, attended schools, and worked in Northern states, from Maine to Maryland. We thought we knew our home. We thought we knew our country. 

 We were wrong."

 Sources

 These three sources do an excellent job of whetting your appetite to learn more.

 1. When in the Course of Human Events, Charles Adams (1999)

 2. The War Between the States: America’s Uncivil War, John J. Dwyer, General Editor (2005)

 3. Slavery Was Not the Cause of The War Between the States, The Irrefutable Argument, Gene Kizer, Jr. (2014)

 “First Inaugural Address,” Abraham Lincoln (1861)

 The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, Thomas DiLorenzo (2001)

 Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe, Thomas DiLorenzo (2005)

 Lincoln the Man, Edgar Lee Masters (1931, reprinted 1997)

 The South Was Right!, James R. Kennedy and Walter D. (outstanding research, poor title) (1991)

 Bloodstains, H.R. White (four volumes) (2002)

 Truth of the War Conspiracy of 1861, H.W. Johnstone (1917, reprinted 2012)

 Slavery, Secession and Civil War, Charles Adams (2007)

 Forced into Glory, Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream, Lerone Bennett (2000)

 The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Jefferson Davis (two volumes) (1881)

 Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery, Anne Farrow, Joel Lang, and Jenifer Frank (of The Hartford Courant) (2005)

 A Southern View of the Invasion of the Southern States and War of 1861-1865, Captain S.A. Ashe (1938)

The Lost Cause, E..A. Pollard (1866)

 Emancipation Hell, Kirkpatrick Sale (2012)