The Press: Dishonest Abe

From a full page in Look a fortnight ago, Abraham Lincoln's rugged face looked out, seeming to endorse the ten aphorisms printed alongside his picture. Look thought "it's about time for the country to remember" such Lincolnian sayings as "You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift," "You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer," and "You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred."

To Lincoln scholars and plain readers, there was only one thing wrong with Look's snippets of wisdom: Lincoln had never said them. A...

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