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May 14, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(2):142. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960020048022

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This advertisement by the Norfolk and Western Railway appeared in Newsweek magazine:

THE PROMISE ABE LINCOLN MADE  When Lincoln went to Gettysburg on November 19, 1863, he made a simple promise to the people.He told them that the United States would not perish so long as it was built upon government of the people, by the people, and for the people.Government of the people is the people's necessity.Government for the people is the people's privilege.Government by the people is the people's responsibility.If you could have asked, "Mr. President, what do you mean by 'government by the people'?", Abe Lincoln might have answered you along these lines:I mean a government in which every citizen feels himself a part—a free organization of the people in which each individual is just as interested in the affairs and success of government as he would be in the affairs and success of a business in which he had invested money; just as eager to

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