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Communism In America Happened Before You Were Told It Did
Al Benson Jr.

Many who have written histories of this country have never mentioned communism and/or socialism until some time in the 1930s. It’s interesting that this subject seldom comes up for them until that time period when research has shown that we had a problem with socialism and communism starting back as early as the 1850s. You have to wonder what happened to those historians that, somehow, missed over 80 years of communist and socialist activity in their historical scribblings. Somehow, when these historians do deign to write about the revolts in Europe in 1848-49 they seem to forget to make mention of the communist and socialist aspects of them. Somehow that part of those revolts seldom comes to the fore. 

One small example – One notable European communist from that period was Major Robert Rosa, an early member of the New York Communist Club and later, like so many Forty-Eighters, an officer in the Union army. Never heard anything about a Communist Club in New York in the 1850s? Join the club! Most of us didn’t until we did the homework and found out about it. This kind of information has been deemed by historians to be something the public does not need to be aware of. So they make sure, with truncated histories, that we are not.

One thing about those early socialists/communists, they staunchly rejected orthodox religion. No followers of Calvin, Knox, or Moody in their ranks! Their religious faith was in their socialist dream of power and control. Although they’d never admit to it, their faith in communism and/or socialism was (and still is) a theological belief.

The very foundation of the rank socialism and liberalism we have today was laid by the socialist and communist ideologues of the 19th century. The fact that these communists and socialists found Abraham Lincoln and the early Republican Party worthy of their efforts and support speaks volumes as to why this country seems to have adopted most, if not all, of the early American communist and socialist agenda and goals.

One example of this is universal suffrage, where everyone living here gets to vote whether he or she is a citizen or not. You should notice that just such an agenda is the heart and soul of Biden’s “Voting Rights” bill. A couple states have already acknowledged that they plan to let non-citizens vote in the next election.

Socialism didn’t come to this country from the Soviet Union. Socialist concepts were already familiar and well-known by leftists in this country during the 19th century. Leftist endeavors like Brook Farm that I mentioned in an earlier article were located in many places in the Northern states – and they were trying to move south.

Look at it this way – with socialist support for Lincoln and the Union, Lincoln’s victory over the South gave the socialist dreamers and planners a major victory for big government – which only got bigger as it went along. Today we live in a country that is far, far removed from the vision of the Founding Fathers–another fact the court historians have continued to neglect to mention. Do you wonder why???


Al Benson Jr. is the editor and publisher of “The Copperhead Chronicle“, a quarterly newsletter that presents history from a pro-Southern and Christian perspective. He has written for several publications over the years. His articles have appeared in “The National Educator,” “The Free Magnolia,” and the “Southern Patriot.” I addition he was the editor of, and wrote for, “The Christian Educator” for several years. In addition to The Copperhead Chronicles, Al also maintains Revised History.

He is currently a member of the Confederate Society of America and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and has, in the past, been a member of the John Birch Society. He is the co-author, along with Walter D. Kennedy, of the book “Lincoln’s Marxists” and he has written for several Internet sites as well as authoring a series of booklets, with tests, dealing with the War of Northern Aggression, for home school students.

Mr. Benson is a highly respected scholar and writer and has graciously allowed the family of Kettle Moraine Publications to publish his works. We are proud to have his involvement with this project.

He and his wife now live in northern Louisiana.

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