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Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

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Source Notes: Source: President Abraham Lincoln, annual message to Congress, December 3, 1861.The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 5, p. 52 .

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Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 April 15, 1865), sometimes called Abe Lincoln and nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, was the 16th President of the United States (1861 to 1865), and the first president from the Republican Party.

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