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The Great Centralizer: Abraham Lincoln and the War between the States
By Thomas J. DiLorenzo
This article appeared in the Fall 1998 issue of The Independent Review


Abstract

Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, was also the Great Centralizer whose policies undermined the decentralized, federal system established by the Founders. Indeed, Lincoln saw emancipation primarily as a means of saving the Union and establishing a mercantilist empire he and his forerunner Henry Clay called the “American System.”



Other Independent Review articles by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
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Volume 3 Number 2
Fall 1998

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