Celebrity endorsement and Testimonial.
This quote is true.
How well this poster was shared is unknown.
The quote was contained in Lincoln’s first State of the Union speech, both in terms of concern over the potential concentration of wealth (Lincoln had been a lawyer that defended the rapidly growing railroad industry), but also in terms of capital being used to own labor (as in slaves), as well as to hire. His point was that labor comes first to create wealth, which then begets capital. From a government/regulatory perspective, some wanted to give capital a priority over labor, a choice which Lincoln said was not right.
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with encouragement to share it with one’s Republican contacts as a form of social media propaganda messaging.
Be Cautious When you see Lincoln Quotes
While the above quote is genuine, be cautious when you see quotes from Abraham Lincoln in propaganda messaging.
In the late 19th century, numerous quotes, falsely attributed to Lincoln, were widely used by many organizations to promote their agendas. Many of these fake quotes were so widely used and distributed that they remain in circulation today – and appear in modern propaganda posters!
While some are genuine, many are fake, and many are taken out of context, and are frequently used in propaganda messaging as a “celebrity endorsement” or “Appeal to Authority” type of propaganda.
- Additional references
State of the Union speech transcript, http://www.infoplease.com/t/hist/state-of-the-union/73.html