Monday, October 10, 2016

The Coveting of the Poor

There is a constant tendency . . .  in the poor to covet a share in the plunder of the rich . . .; in the indolent and profligate to cast the whole burthens of society upon the industrious and virtuous; and there is a tendency in ambitious and wicked men to inflame these combustible materials.

New York Chancellor James Kent, 1821.  Cited by Clarence B. Carson, A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 3: The Sections and the Civil War 1825-1877, pg.5

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