Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo discusses other Lincoln critics in a 2008 interview with Brian Lamb:
LAMB: Are you the only one around?
DILORENZO: No, there are other critics. I know you have interviewed Lerone Bennett Jr., who’s a big critic of Lincoln. You can find articles in academic journals. There’s Professor Clyde Wilson from the University of South Carolina, Donald Livingston at Emory University are also academic Lincoln critics.
I just got a paper from a young man who published a journal in ”The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association” his name is Phillip Magness who wrote a very critical article of Lincoln in his so-called colonization idea. He had this fetish, almost, about colonizing free black people and sending them to Liberia, Africa, anywhere but here. And Lincoln’s idea actually about equality, he said it many times that he didn’t believe that black people could actually be equal in America. Back in their, what he called their native clime, Africa or Haiti or some place like that, Lincoln said, they could be equal but not here.
And so this young man, Phillip Magness who sent me the article essentially showed that almost up to his dying day Lincoln was working on this, he was working on what to do with the freed slaves after the war. And he was wondering, do we have enough ships to send them – to deport them, essentially, to some other place. And during his presidency, he did, actually allocate several million dollars to send some free black people to Liberia in Africa. But the man he put in charge of it turned out to be an embezzler and so nothing came of that, nothing much came of that.
And he held a meeting of some free black men in the White House during his administration urging them to lead by example and leave the country and go to Liberia, again. And these men wisely said, no thanks. And so there’s research of that sort the young – I’m pleased to see young scholars like the man I mentioned are starting to look into the truth. And you don’t have to be an attacker of Lincoln to write about the truth about what he did. I think American adults can take it.
Crossroads Comments: I’m not quite sure what the last two sentences mean, because DiLorenzo tends to equate the truth with being anti-Lincoln, as if the world of Lincoln scholarship is divided into a cultist camp and a truthtellers camp, with only David Donald as a fair-minded scholar.
The Magness article has been discussed here before and on other forums. If you read it, it doesn’t quite say what DiLorenzo claims it says, because it does not offer the coverage of the question that Magness’ forthcoming book doubtless will. However, it is useful to note the journal that published the article … a journal one would usually identify with the Lincoln church/cult/whatever. That Magness’ article appeared in the JALA is in itself a refutation of DiLorenzo’s claims that Lincoln scholars do not tolerate dissent or criticism.
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