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" The prudent, penniless beginner in the world labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land for himself, then labors on bis own account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him. "
Message from the President of the United States to the two houses of ... - Page 19
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Schools and Societies

Steven Brint - Social Science - 1998 - 349 pages
...president, Abraham Lincoln ([1859] 1953) expressed the increasingly popular ideal of the "self-made man": "The prudent, penniless beginner in the world, labors...which to buy tools or land for himself, then labors on this own account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him" (pp. 478-9)....
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We Cannot Escape History: Lincoln and the Last Best Hope of Earth

James M. McPherson - Biography & Autobiography - 2001 - 176 pages
...3:478-79: Summoning the tale in many speeches Lincoln was defining self and polity when he said, "The penniless beginner in the world labors for wages awhile,...or land for himself; then labors on his own account for another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him." On Lincoln's climb, see Richard...
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Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President

Allen C. Guelzo - Biography & Autobiography - 1999 - 528 pages
...rigid system of both yeoman agrarianism and plantation slavery utterly lacked. A market system in which "the prudent, penniless beginner in the world, labors...buy tools or land, for himself; then labors on his account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him" is "the just and generous,...
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Justice of Shattered Dreams: Samuel Freeman Miller and the Supreme Court ...

Michael A. Ross - History - 2003 - 350 pages
...right to rise, and the "self-made man." America was a remarkable land, Lincoln believed, where the "penniless beginner in the world labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools and land, for himself; then labors on his own account another while, and at length hires another beginner...
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The Great Tax Wars: Lincoln--Teddy Roosevelt--Wilson How the Income Tax ...

Steven R. Weisman - Business & Economics - 2004 - 432 pages
...station. Lincoln's philosophy was summed up by his statement that wealth automatically accrues when "the prudent, penniless beginner in the world labors...tools or land for himself; then labors on his own accounts another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him." Campaigning in 1860...
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Architecture and Suburbia: From English Villa to American Dream House, 1690-2000

John Archer - Architecture - 2005 - 470 pages
...Abraham Lincoln in which he first made the promise of advancement: "there is not of necessity any such thing as the free hired laborer being fixed to that condition for life."4 Lincoln's position in favor of universal opportunity was explicitly cast as the dream itself...
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Justice in the United States: Human Rights and the U.S. Constitution

Judith R. Blau, Alberto Moncada - Political Science - 2006 - 285 pages
...least likely of American presidents, Abraham Lincoln, celebrated the capitalist rags-to-riches story: "The prudent, penniless beginner in the world, labors...himself; then labors on his own account another while. . . . This ... is free labor — the just and generous, and prosperous system, which opens the way...
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Reconstructing the Fourth Amendment: A History of Search and Seizure, 1789-1868

Andrew E. Taslitz - Law - 2006 - 363 pages
...the rising young.64 Abraham Lincoln concisely summed up this spiraling process of advancement: [A] penniless beginner in the world, labors for wages...land, for himself; then labors on his own account [a]while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him. This, say its advocates, is free labor—...
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Schools and Societies

Steven G. Brint - Social Science - 2006 - 340 pages
...became president, Abraham Lincoln ([1859] 1953) expressed a vision of the ideal of the "self-made man": "The prudent, penniless beginner in the world, labors...which to buy tools or land for himself, then labors on this own account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him" (4789). For Lincoln...
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Life of Abraham Lincoln

Joseph Hartwell Barrett - Biography & Autobiography - 2006 - 842 pages
...existence of this mixed class. Again, as has already been said, there is not, of necessity, any such thing as the free hired laborer being fixed to that condition for life. Many independent men every- where in these States, a few years back in their lives, were hired laborers. The prudent, penniless...
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