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