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By Harold Holzer, Norton Garfinkle

In A simply and beneficiant Nation, the eminent historian Harold Holzer and the famous economist Norton Garfinkle current a groundbreaking new account of the ideals that encouraged our 16th president to visit conflict whilst the Southern states seceded from the Union. instead of a dedication to removing slavery or a protection of the Union, they argue, Lincoln’s guideline was once the safeguard of equivalent monetary opportunity.

Lincoln firmly believed that the government’s fundamental position used to be to make sure that all americans had the chance to higher their station in lifestyles. As president, he labored tirelessly to enshrine this excellent in the federal executive. He funded railroads and canals, supported schooling, and, most significantly, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which opened the door for former slaves to affix white americans in striving for self-improvement. In our personal age of extraordinary inequality, A simply and beneficiant Nation reestablishes Lincoln’s legacy because the protector not only of non-public freedom yet of the yankee dream itself.

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He arranged to loan them $1,775,000, which was to be used to bribe police and judges so they would be neutral in the labor wars, and he made the phone calls and contacts to make sure it was spent effectively. 11 In fact, Rothstein’s love of poker did him in. He was shot in a hotel room at the Park Central Hotel on the evening of November 5, 1928. The wound was in his abdomen, and he died the next day. It is likely that he was killed over a $320,000 loss he suffered when playing poker at the hotel, a loss he refused to pay because he thought the game was rigged.

The other was Moran’s gangster, Frank Gusenberg, who was still breathing even though he had fourteen bullets in his body. After the police arrived he was transported to a hospital where he later died. The episode created headlines around the world. 33 In the minds of the populace, and among most crime writers as well, the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre is forever linked to Al Capone. He was never indicted or convicted of that crime, but neither was he convicted of other crimes or murders for which crime writers and the pubic believe him guilty—that is, the violent takeover of Cicero and the killings of Joe Howard, Dion O’Banion, William McSwiggin, Hymie Weiss, and Frankie Yale.

He went to sporting events at Hialeah racetrack and other venues, gambled, and hosted parties. All of this relaxation was possible because the Outfit in Chicago was able to run for long stretches without his being there, thanks to Frank Nitti, Jack Guzik, Al’s brother Ralph Capone, and other gang members. Capone could stay in touch by telephone, or members of the outfit could come to Palm Island, or he could, when necessary, venture back to Chicago. For example, from his Florida vacation home on Palm Island Capone orchestrated the murder of Frankie Yale, his old mentor from his Brooklyn days.

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