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p. 91. Equalitylocked

  • Allen C. Guelzo

Abstract

‘Equality’ describes the arrival of Abraham Lincoln's forebears in the New World and their search for independence and prosperity. The notion that people were born into permanent borders of social rank was collapsed by the seventeenth-century scientific revolution and began to be replaced with the notion of equality. Around the time of Abraham Lincoln's birth, Kentucky farming was increasingly being dominated by large-scale plantations that used slave labour. However, was in New Orleans that Lincoln saw slavery in the mass. In 1834 Lincoln offered himself as a candidate in the legislative elections and he earned his first victory in politics.

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