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.”

Thomas J. DiLorenzo is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and president of the Mises Institute
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Other Independent Review articles by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
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