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.
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 former Professor of Economics at Loyola University in Maryland.
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