Lincoln and the economics of the American dream: The Whig Years, 1832-1854
Boritt, Gabor Szappanos
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The first decade of Lincoln's political life centered around questions of economics, and his interst in these matters remained strong throughout the entire period under consideration. Although Lincoln was not an original thinker in the field of political economy, he did develop firm opinions based on his conception of the American dream of a mobile society, and on the whole, reflecting the views of Henry Clay and the Whig party. He read some of the economists of his time, Francis Wayland and Henry C. Carey for example, but his knowledge of economic theory came mostly second hand from the Congressional Globe, Horace Greeley's Whig Almanac, and the news papers such as the National Intelligencer or the New York Tribune. The western lawyer was not interested in what appeared to him to be abstract theories, but he made a successful effort to master the major economic questions of ante-bellum America. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University.
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