In this provocative and timely book, Vindicating Lincoln, Thomas L. Krannawitter sets out to defend the man many consider to be our greatest president from critics on both the left and the right. For although public opinion polls tend to rank Lincoln among the country's most venerated presidents, he is also, paradoxically, the president who is least understood. While Lincoln's name is frequently invoked in contemporary American politics, few Americans understand or agree with the moral and political principles for which Lincoln gave his last full measure of devotion.
Thomas L. Krannawitter is coauthor of A Nation Under God? The ACLU and Religion in American Politics and professor of politics at Colorado Christian University.
Introduction Chapter 1: Was Lincoln a Racist? Chapter 2: Was the Kansas-Nebraska Act Pro-Choice or Pro-Slavery? Chapter 3: Who was Right about the Founding Fathers, Lincoln or Taney? Chapter 4: Was Lincoln a "Child of His Age"? Chapter 5: Do States Possess a Constitutional Right of Secession? Chapter 6: Was the Civil War Caused by Slavery or Economics? Chapter 7: Was Lincoln's Goal to Preserve the Union or End Slavery? Chapter 8: Was Lincoln the Father of Big Government? Chapter 9: Was Lincoln a Tyrant? Conclusion