Lincoln, a flawed, but real, hero.
The new film about Lincoln is light years ahead of earlier films but makes Lincoln out to be anti-racist, which is not entirely true and doesn’t explain his development from support for African colonization to support for the Thirteenth Amendment, which along with the 14th (citizenship) and 15th (voting rights) Amendments created a bloc of millions of new voting citizens. That was the fundamental building block for Reconstruction.
The Republicans, who had expunged our bought out the radicals in the years since 1865-66 betrayed newly emancipated Blacks in 1877, ended Reconstruction and set the stage for Democrat (ex-Confederate) control of the South and Jim Crow, a newer form of slavery, which hung on until the last decades of the last century. Recent;y Jim Crow was replaced by the newest form of slavery – imprisonment of blacks under racist drug laws. “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (by Michelle Alexander – BP). The book, which received the 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, presents the professor’s look at the U.S. prison system and the effect of the justice system’s policies on young Black men. As of 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Justice estimated there were over 846,000 Black men in prison, making up 40.2% of all inmates in the system at large.” http://www.newjimcrow.com/
Of course Lincoln was gay. Get a copy of The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln, by C. A. Tripp, a sex researcher and protégé of Alfred Kinsey.
The other central flaw of the film is that it ignores the fact that the Civil War was the Second American Revolution, fought to solve the slavery question, which was held over by the 1788 Constitution. Speaking of the potential of slavery to end the Union, Thomas Jefferson said “But this momentous question [the Missouri Compromise question], like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror. I considered it at once as the knell of the Union…. A geographical line, coinciding with a marked principle, moral and political, once conceived and held up to the angry passions of men, will never be obliterated; and every new irritation will mark it deeper and deeper. ” Slavery did end the union as much because the slaveowners wanted to extend slavery to the Northern states as because of Abolitionist agitation by Douglass, Garrison and others culminating in John Browns Raid in 1859.
When the slavers seceded Northern and border state small farmers, city workers and emancipated African Americans, soon joined by self emancipated African Americans, rose up in their millions, donned the Blue and crushed the slavers and their degenerate society. In spite of horrendous causalities and incompetent military and political leadership the Union Army won the civil war. Politicians, including Lincoln, responded to the victories of the Union Army, a determioned and unbelievably brave revolutionary army, and not the other way around.