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....
A lot of bickering back and forth over whether Lincoln was a devil or a saint. I have a different twist on this debate: American contract law states that whenever people form a contract, it must be on a voluntary basis. There can be no duress (force) or the contract is null and void. If states enter into a contract to become part of the USA , and are not free to leave that association under threat of harm, then such contract is null and void. Such an agreement would give disproportionate power to one party at the expense of the other party.
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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