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Abraham Lincoln
Labor and Education
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By the 'mud-sill' theory it is assumed that labor and education
are incompatible; and any practical combination of them
impossible. According to that theory, a blind horse upon a
tread-mill, is a perfect illustration of what a laborer should be
-- all the better for being blind, that he could not tread out of
place, or kick understandingly. According to that theory, the
education of laborers, is not only useless, but pernicious, and
dangerous. In fact, it is, in some sort, deemed a misfortune
that laborers should have heads at all.

(Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society,
September 30, 1859)

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