March 21, 1864: Lincoln’s Reply to New York Workingmen’s Democratic Republican Association

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Some political charges have a very long pedigree indeed.  An example is the Democrat charge that Republicans are the party of the rich.  Precisely the same charge was made by the Democrats against the Whigs.  Lincoln, an old line Whig who had scrambled up from profound poverty, was ever sensitive to the charge and ever careful to underline that he and the policies he embraced were favorable to any working man who wished to better his condition through honest toil.  We see this in his reply to an honorary membership he received from the New York Workingmen’s Democratic Republican Association: (more…)

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