I. Lincoln was the inventor of a new concept of “Union,” one that implied a strong centralized government and an “imperial presidency.” a Union that now dominates virtually every important aspect of our corporate life as Americans.
II. Lincoln’s skillful use of egalitarian rhetoric has given Northern and New South historians the argument that the War Between the States was fought solely over the question of slavery rather than over a number of interrelated issues, none of which in itself could have led to Secession and War.
III. Lincoln was responsible for the War Between the States, a conflict in which more than 600,000 Americans were killed for no good purpose.