Prof. Emeritus Gabor Boritt mentioned in Wall Street Journal article on the Emancipation Proclamation

Gabor Boritt, former professor and director emeritus of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, was mentioned in a Dec. 28 Wall Street Journal article on the Emancipation Proclamation.

From the WSJ:

The Emancipation Proclamation and the 'Right to Rise'

Gabor Boritt, emeritus professor of history at Gettysburg College and a leading authority on the 16th president, has called this cornerstone of Lincoln's philosophy "the right to rise," and it was profoundly incompatible with slavery. Bondage broke the link between work and prosperity. It dictated that certain people would always be poor while others would always be rich, not because of their efforts, but because of their parentage.

Replying to Stephen A. Douglas's race-baiting during their famous debates, Lincoln defended the principle of economic freedom even in the absence of social equality. "I agree with Judge Douglas that the Negro is not my equal in many respects," he began. "But in the right to eat the bread, without the leave of anybody else, which his own hand earns, he is my equal and the equal of Judge Douglas, and the equal of every living man."


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