One thing that people who whine and cry about what an evil repressive conqueror Lincoln was often forget is that the Confederacy attacked first.
Another thing they also forget is that the Confederacy was far harsher in terms of punishing dissent than was the Union.
When they bring up that reunification and slavery quote by Lincoln, they forget his lifetime support for abolitionism. Preserving the Union was more important to him than ending slavery, but he made it clear that he had preferred slavery to end than to have kept going.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers