This is not about the American Dream or a Horatio Alger story. (Does anybody remember him?) Nor is it mythmaking. It's made of sterner stuff than that....
EQUAL under the Law; And THATS what offends Johnny Rebs to this day. All they ever wished for was men to whip and order around. You can't, if they're equal under the law. They're hypocrites; so they denounce Lincoln now. Well, let them SIT ON IT.
Every schoolchild with enough smarts and curiosity to get beyond the latest video game of "Call of Duty" ought to go see "Lincoln," the movie, and check out the references and his own attention span. It requires patience, but it shows through dramatic action how a self-taught rustic from the deep backwoods had the emotional and intellectual discipline to overcome poverty and grow up to be a president to rank among the greatest.
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