Thursday, September 20, 2007

My, How the Republican
Position Has Evolved
'Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.'
-President Abraham Lincoln. You can go here to review an earlier Lincoln quote.


At 7:49 PM, Anonymous morlock said...

When, where and why did Lincoln say this ? What is your source of attribution ?

At 8:16 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

The quote comes from Orville Vernon Burton's new book, The Age of Lincoln, where you'll find it on pg. 219. It's a well-researched and reasonably scholarly book, but it has no footnotes to check the origin of the quote. A subsequent Google search, however, shows that it comes from his first State of the Union address, in 1861. The quote was contained in this longer passage: "Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." This answers the where, but not the why.


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