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Abraham Lincoln: Hero or Villain?

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What do you picture when you hear or see the name, Abraham Lincoln?  For some of us, we think he is one of the best American Presidents and a hero.  Others feel that he was a very evil man.  We are all shaped and influenced by our families, friends, school, and culture where and when we were raised.  You have to really ask yourself some honest questions.  Did you grow up in the North or South?  Are you religious or not so religious?  What are your political views?   Don’t let teachers and the government sway you, research it yourself.  Only then can you begin to understand the power of persuasion vs. the weight of truth…

Lincoln was our 16th President, and I was raised to believe he was a magnificent hero in America.  In the school I attended in Minnesota, our elementary school taught us to believe that Lincoln was the sole leader in opposition to Slavery in the South.  “Lincoln successfully led his country through its greatest constitutional, military, and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union while ending slavery, and promoting economic and financial modernization.” (From Wikipedia)

Abraham Lincoln is one of America’s greatest heroes because of his unique appeal. His is a remarkable story of the rise from humble beginnings to achieve the highest office in the land; then, a sudden and tragic death at a time when his country needed him most to complete the great task remaining before the nation. His distinctively human and humane personality and historical role as savior of the Union and emancipator of the slaves creates a legacy that endures.” (www.biography.com/people/abraham-lincoln-9382540)

Lincoln had very little if any support from the south; however, he triumphed in the North and was elected President in 1860.  It is well documented that because he succeeded as President, the seven southern States declared their secession from the Union; thus, they became known as the Confederacy.  At Lincoln’s second inaugural address, he stated, “Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the Nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.”

On the other hand, a lot of southerner’s see Lincoln as a dictator that forced them to abolish slavery and join the union.  It’s my understanding after speaking to a few born and raised southern people that they acknowledged the fact that slavery was coming to an end without any interference from Lincoln.  In addition, they stated that slavery was Lincoln’s excuse for starting a war and imposing severe implications on them if they didn’t join the Union.  They believe it was their right to select their own President, Jefferson Davis, for the South and run their own union.  Here is a quote from the book:  Abraham Lincoln: The Southern View Demythologizing American’s Sixteenth President, “While publicly he declared that his goal was to ‘preserve the Union,’ he actually destroyed it.  And when he later tried to alter the character of the War with his fake and illegal Emancipation Proclamation, he was formulating plans behind closed doors to deport all blacks out of America, ‘back to their native land,’ as he phrased it on August 21, 1858.  Lincoln’s true agenda, as Mr. Seabrook shows, was to demolish the idea of States’ rights in the South and install big government in the North.  And, as the staunch supporter of American apartheid himself stated repeatedly, he was willing to do this with or without ending slavery.”

Seriously folks, most of my life, I only saw Lincoln as a Hero!  It’s only been in the last few years where I have actually realized and truly looked at the fact that he wasn’t the icon and superman that I had thought.  One end result of the Cival War was that slavery was abolished in 1865, and it was the best outcome of the War!  At this point, I really don’t care anymore about Lincoln’s true intentions for the War because now it’s all over…  It’s over 150 years later, and all people here in America are free…Praise God…

Research it, and you decide if you think Lincoln truly is a Hero or a Villain?


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3 Responses to “Abraham Lincoln: Hero or Villain?”

  1. TooLitte TooLate
    December 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    I am much more concerned with how people are not figuring things out today as events transpire before their very eyes, and allowing tragedy to come to our country in the here and now. Look at the country they are pushing us into now. Absolutely dreadful. Worse, I don’t think anyone really cares any more. yet. That’s our world today.

    • Yankeepolitics
      December 10, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

      I agree with you! I wish more American’s were concerned about whats happening to our country. The violence, loss of respect and ethics, and the overall values in this country have gone to hell…

  2. Dixie
    December 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    “Lincoln! Look what he did to the people”! Dolly Rogers, 1885-1980. Words from my great-grandmother to my dad when he came home from school and told her what he had learned that day….that Lincoln was one of the greatest presidents ever. From that day forward, my dad has made sure to pass down the TRUTH’S that reflect our family history and the South since.

    Look Yankee, there is obviously so much here to say that it could never be covered in a blog but I will try to make a couple of points relevant to today’s headlines and yesterday’s history books.
    I was watching some news program where the host actually said “We need a Lincoln to lead us!” I immediately turned to the TV. and shouted, “Why! So he can go to war on his own people and murder hundreds of thousands in his own country”! Talk such as this from people who have no idea what they are saying makes my blood boil! You do know the winners in a war write the history books. The loser’s account gets tossed aside never to be considered….oh, except for the negative stuff.

    See, this is already long and I haven’t even started!

    First, it’s a complete myth that the South had no Constitutional right to secede from the United States. No state or Colony entered the Union thinking it could never leave it. Our Founder’s didn’t want a coercion of colonies but a mutual understanding that the colonies were sovereign states with a common bond to be free from England. In fact, New England threatened secession at least a dozen times prior to the War Between the States. I don’t like calling it the Civil War because the South didn’t want to take over the nation…it just wanted to be free from the over-reaching arm of the federal government. Sound familiar?

    You repeat “His distinctively human and humane personality and historical role as savior of the Union and emancipator of the slaves creates a legacy that endures.” (www.biography.com/people/abraham-lincoln-9382540) Hogwash! Lincoln humane? He is the only president that was intricately involved in the war. You have seen the famous pictures of him on the battlefield in history books. He knew the destruction and devastation that General Sherman inflicted on AMERICANS in the South but chose the adage” the ends justify the means”. Women and children were starving in the streets, whole towns burned to the ground with some never to be rebuilt. Homes were plundered, crops destroyed and farm animals slaughtered. Slaves were captured and forced into the Union Army against their will. There is just so much here….history has created and puffed up this man to be a hero…someone who saved the union, but would it have been that bad if we split into two different countries? I don’t think so.

    You write “At this point, I really don’t care anymore about Lincoln’s true intentions for the War because now it’s all over… It’s over 150 years later, and all people here in America are free…”. Yes Yankee, it’s been 150 years but that war continues to affect us today. Lincoln’s war destroyed the Constitution and rebuilt one with less freedom and a centralized government that has grown bigger ever since. We Southerners feel cheated because when we learn the truth from our families we can’t understand why it’s not even written about. Only the negative is remembered, not what the people endured. Not the lies that are taught. Read The South Was Right by James Ronald Kennedy it will at least give you some facts that are well documented and referenced about the South.

    My goal one day is to write a book on why I refuse to be ashamed of being Southern. I’ve already got the title “Why I Hate Lincoln, and Why You Should Too”. Yankee, I have often told you before our friendship together on this earth is over, you WILL be whistling Dixie at your funeral! Oh I wish I were in Dixie, hooray, hooray, in Dixieland I’ll take my stand to live and die in Dixie, look away, look away, look away Dixieland…….