by Al Benson Jr.
The term “reconstruction” seems to have been the brainchild of Karl Marx when he wrote of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 that he was “the single-minded son of the working class who had led his country through the matchless struggle for the rescue of an enchained race and the reconstruction of a social world.” Like much of what Marx wrote this was pure balderdash, but in our day socialist historians have picked it up and have run with it. Lots of good propaganda value in the slavery issue, even though it had little to do with the real reasons for the War of Northern Aggression.
However, the Marxists loved “reconstruction” and still do If you doubt this all you have to do is read Eric Foner’s tome called Reconstruction 1863-1877. You will be treated to the Marxist line on “reconstruction.” Foner does a good job presenting the Marxist position. Given his family background he should.
Another Communist book Reconstruction the battle for democracy was written back in 1937 and published by International Publishers in New York. The author was James Allen (not his real name) and International Publishers was a Communist publishing house.
The Marxists and other radical socialists viewed the War of Northern Aggression as a revolution. Allen has commented in his book: “With the defeat of the South on the battlefield and the emancipation of the slaves revolution had completed only its first cycle. The slaveowners had been conquered and the institution of chattel slavery had been abolished. A new phase, involving the complete transformation of southern society, now opened.” So “reconstruction” was a new phase of the Communist revolution to change the Christian culture of the South (and eventually the rest of the country, too).
Allen also noted that: “Many Socialist leaders and German emigres of the 1848 revolution, among them Joseph Weydemeyer, who was a close friend of Karl Marx, served as officers in the Union Army.” The Communists were not afraid to admit that many of their number served the cause of Lincoln in the Union Army as officers. Other “historians” try to sweep this fact under the rug. Walter Kennedy and I sought, in Lincoln’s Marxists to pick up the rug so people could see the political vermin residing beneath it.
I am indebted to Frank Conner, author of the insightful book The South Under Siege 1830-2000 for much of the information in this article about “reconstruction.” Frank’s work proved invaluable in demonstrating just how horrible and shameful was this period of our history that the Marxists loved and still love so much.
What was this “reconstruction of a social world” that Marx was so enthusiastic about? It was nothing less than the cultural reshaping of the South, with its basically Reformed Christian culture. This was what Marx wanted to see destroyed. Southern Christian culture and Southern private property were both major deterrents to Marxist theology and worldview and so these had to be done away with.
There was a master plan developed by Congressman Thaddeus Stevens and Senator Charles Sumner for doing this. It may be doubtful if these two Northern “gentlemen” conspired with Marx to do this, but their mindsets were identical to his in many respects, which is why I refer to people of their ilk as “Yankee/Marxists.” Their plan involved the impoverishing, subjugating, dominating, and humiliating of Southerners, while at the same time, destroying their culture and brainwashing them into such guilt feelings that they were all supposed to ardently desire to be “third rate copies of Northerners.” That part of “reconstruction” didn’t quite work, but not to worry, they are still at it today They loudly proclaim to those Southern folks who cherish Confederate symbols that “the war is over and you lost, get over it.” But for them (the Marxists) the war has never ended and they are every bit as much our adversaries today as “Lincoln’s Marxists” were in 1861.
To be continued.