Jack Saturday

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Anti-Job, Pro-Freedom Quotes Of The Week 70, 71

"We're coming, Father Abraham, three hundred thousand more
Since poverty has been our crime, we bow to thy decree
We are the poor and have no wealth to purchase liberty."
James Sloan Gibbons, 1810-1892
Quaker Abolitionist

"Song of the Conscripts",
New York Evening Post, July 16, 1862

In the Civil War a drafted conscript could pay money instead of serving in the army. Many rich and middle class men did so leaving a higher proportion of the poor to be drafted.The song is sometimes misattributed to William Cullen Bryant.

P. J. O'Rourke At The Draft Physical

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