Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Cover-Up Library and Museum

By Thomas DiLorenzo
August 9, 2014

Thomas-DiLorenzoThe tall tales told by the Lincoln cult get funnier and funnier as more and more Americans learn the truth about their own history (as opposed to the version fed to them by the Lincoln cult). This time the source of their knee-slapping whoppers is a hilarious attempt to cover up the fact that their hero apparently read and studied a white supremacist screed.

A recent article that appeared in the Huffington Post, FOX news online, the Daily Mail, and elsewhere described how Lincoln’s handwriting had been verified by handwriting experts in an 1854 book entitled Types of Mankind. According to these news articles, the book argued that the different races developed at different times, and were therefore not susceptible to co-existing or amalgamation. “The book was used by nineteenth-century white supremacists!,” screamed the articles.

What on earth was Abraham Lincoln, “Father Abraham,” the eternal friend and savior of the black race, doing with such a book?! The Lincoln cult quickly swung into action creating an alibi. The news articles all reported that “Illinois state historians” all “took great pains to offer reassurance that the former president who ended slavery didn’t subscribe to the theories at hand” in the book. No facts were offered, only painful “reassurances” by these state-funded “historians.” I don’t know about you, but I’m not feeling especially reassured.

Even one or two of the Lincoln cult’s Big Guns were un-cobwebbed to participate in broadcasting the alibi. James Cornelius, the curator of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, “reassured” the media that Lincoln “could foresee the whole country coming apart over the issue that different people could be barred from different things” because of their race. He therefore would never have believed the things in that book, said the curator.

James Cornelius and the Illinois state historians are full of it and they know it. These are people who have spent their entire careers reading and cataloguing Abe Lincoln’s political speeches. They surely must know that Lincoln’s views and, more importantly, his actions as a state legislator, a one-term congressman, a political candidate, and as president, are totally consistent with this and any other white supremacist book of that era. Consider the following public statements of Lincoln himself from his own Collected Works (CW):

“Free them [slaves] and make them politically and socially our equals? My own feelings will not admit of them” (CW, Vol. II, p. 256). This statement alone refutes all that the James Cornelius and the Illinois state historians “reassured” the media.
“What I would most desire,” Abraham Lincoln also declared, “would be the separation of the white and black races” (CW, Vol. II, p. 521). And, “I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races . . . . I am in favor of the race to which I belong, having the superior position” (CW, Vol. III, p. 16).

“I am not, nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold [political] office, nor to intermarry with white people,” said the political idol of the Marc Levins, Harry Jaffas, Rich Lowrys, Rush Limbaughs, and all other Lincoln-worshipping neocons (not to mention the Leftist/Marxist Lincoln worshippers like Eric Foner and 99% of the academic history profession).

“Senator Douglas remarked . . . that . . . this government was made for white people and not for negroes. Why, in point of mere fact, I think so too,” said Abe (CW, Vol. II, p. 281).

As Philip Magness and Sabastian Page showed in their excellent book, Colonization After Emancipation, Lincoln worked diligently all his life, up to his dying days, on the project of deporting all the black people out of America. As a young man he was a “manager” of the Illinois Colonization Society, which used tax dollars to deport the small number of free blacks who resided in Illinois. As president, he allocated millions of dollars to a project that would “colonize” American blacks in Liberia. In 1862 he held a meeting with several dozen free black men in the White House at which he explained to them that, because of the inherent differences between the white and black races, they could never live together, and so he urged them to lead by example and colonize themselves in Liberia. In what sounds like it could have been taken directly from the pages of Types of Mankind, Lincoln informed the black men that “You and we are different races. We have between us a broader difference than exists between almost any other two races . . . . This physical difference is a great disadvantage to us both,” and “affords a reason at least why we should be separated . . . . It is better for us both, therefore, to be separate” (Abraham Lincoln, “Address on Colonization to a Committee of Colored Men,” August 14, 1862, in Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings, Vol. 2, 1859-1866 (New York: Library of America, 1989), p. 354.

Lincoln supported the Illinois Constitution that prohibited the emigration of black people into the state, and also supported the Illinois Black Codes that stripped the small number of free blacks in the state of any semblance of citizenship. Once again, his actions were consistent with his words on the subject of race.

It is impossible to believe that James Cornelius and the Illinois state historians are unaware of all these plain historical facts. Not to mention Lincoln’s statements like these: “I have said that the separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation [of the races]. Such separation . . . must be effected by colonization” (CW, Vol. II, p. 409). Or, “It is morally right, and favorable to our interest, to transfer the African to his native clime” (CW Vol. II, p. 409).
What all of this proves is that, contrary to the Lincoln cult’s “reassurances,” Lincoln’s views and actions on the subject of race were perfectly consistent with the 1854 white supremacist book, Types of Mankind. It was not just a book that he read to prepare for court on behalf of one of his legal clients, as the Lincoln cult ludicrously and without any evidence or argument, asserts.

Like all presidential museums, the Lincoln museum in Springfield, Illinois should be thought of as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Cover-Up Library and Museum. It may well provide accurate information about Abe’s childhood, his family history, his eating habits, shoe size, hats that he wore, etc., etc., but when it comes to the big, important issues, it is devoted to spreading untruths about American history while sweeping much of real history under the rug.

Thomas J. DiLorenzo is professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland and the author of The Real Lincoln; ;Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed To Know about Dishonest Abe, How Capitalism Saved America, Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution – And What It Means for America Today. His latest book is Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government.

Upcoming Elections for 2015 Camp Officers

Gentlemen, in our November meeting (the last regular meeting of the year) we will have elections for our 2015 Camp Officers, those being Commander, 1st Lt. Commander and Camp Adjutant. All other positions will be appointed by the Camp Commander for 2015, most likely in consultation with the other elected camp officers.

At our upcoming October meeting we would like to accept and record nominations for our three elected officers.

Please give this careful consideration as these gentlemen will be the leaders that will take us forward into the coming year.
For those who may not be familiar with the terminology, below is a brief description of the duties of various camp officers:


The Commander has a unique responsibility to lead, encourage, assist, guide, maintain esprit de corps, and above all, to work to achieve harmony within the camp. While an SCV camp is a democratically run organization, the camp Commander does have the overall responsibility for the camp he has been elected to serve. The Commander presides at all meetings or otherwise designates his subordinate officers to do so. He is nominated for office by a nominating committee, or from the floor. He will appoint all non-elected officers and all necessary committees and will perform such other duties as are usually incident to the office. He will also fill all vacated offices occurring during during his administration until the next election of officers, with the advice and consent of the camp executive council.

Lieutenant Commander

His authority is second only to the Commander. He presides in the absence of the Commander. Upon the resignation or death of the Commander, the Lieutenant Commander automatically becomes Commander for the un-expired term. He usually chairs the Programs Committee, and sets the agenda for camp meetings. He represents the Commander at all memorial services when the Commander is not present. The Lieutenant Commander is also a member of the camp executive council.


The Adjutant may serve more than one term and a good one should be encouraged to continue in his post. The duties and responsibilities of Adjutant include those duties performed in many organizations by secretary, treasurer and registrar. In many camps a treasurer, a secretary, a genealogist or several other positions may assist the adjutant. His position is the
most critical for the camp’s continued growth and administrative responsibilities. An individual who procrastinates should not be considered for this office. This office and its complexities require an entire section of its own. Details are therefore contained in Section 7 for the adjutant’s position within the camp.

Second Lieutenant Commander

The Second Lieutenant Commander is not a required position (and currently not an elected position in our Camp Constitution), but is a position developing the future leadership of the camp and possible future camp commander. He serves at the direction of the commander and usually chairs the membership committee. He is authorized to represent the camp whenever the above officers cannot be present. However, he does not have the authority to speak for the commander or the camp unless given that authority by the commander. Some very large camps may even choose to have a Third and Fourth Lieutenant Commander to ease the burden of the above officers.

With only a small word change here or there, this is taken from the Camp Handbook, found on the National SCV web site. It should be understood that these and all officers should be ready and willing to train their replacements.

Upcoming Meetings – October 2014

On September 8th we were very fortunate to have author Scott Bowden with us . His presentation was entitled “Fearless Under Fire: How Robert E. Lee Commanded the Army of Northern Virginia”. It was extremely interesting, but brief due to the time constraints of our meeting. This is why you should consider adding some of his books to your personal library.

In our October meeting, Ronnie Atnip of the Capt. Bob Lee Camp in Bonham will visit to speak on the Lee-Peacock feud. We have heard that he is very knowledgeable on this subject. In November, Norma Holley will visit to speak about the Knights of the Golden Circle.

Meetings remain on the second Monday of each month, at Soulman’s BBQ, 691 E. I-30, Rockwall (near SE corner of Ridge Rd. and I-30, next door to Applebee’s).

Dispatch – October 2014


During our September meeting we swore in two new members to the camp, Michael Keith Fisher and Mark Kevin Payne. This will add to the health and vitality of our camp for sure. This year of 2014 has seen an uptick in activity, and for the remainder of this year and going into next year we would like to see this continue, with further growth and more activities for our camp members.

In our November meeting we will be electing, for the year 2015, our Camp Commander, 1st Lt. Commander and Camp Adjutant. In the October meeting, Monday the 13th, our goal is to record nominations for these three offices (as detailed in our Camp Constitution). The 2015 Camp Commander will then appoint other camp members to various positions. As of today, those are 2nd Lt. Commander, and Chaplain. I would like to suggest that we consider adding a Guardian Program Chair, a Color Sergeant, and Aide-de-Camp, if we can find men to fill those positions. There are various other positions possible which other camps sometimes have, and we can address those if there is any desire to look at that.

Remember that the idea is that if the work of running a local SCV camp is divided up and spread out amongst various members, we will all be the better for it and no one or two men will be over worked. So, please consider how you would like to participate and serve the camp going into 2015.

Richard M. Powell, Commander
Commander R.M. Powell