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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 18 Primary Source Documents 18-2 1) Sumner opposes all attempts to help the weak because he sees them as a drain on society, a blight on the population. The weak and the poor are those who were not able to make themselves successful in life, and therefore are not capable of contributing to society, and in fact as their situation deteriorates, and as people begin to pity them and give them aid, they consume resources and become burdens. If they were left to their own devices and through natural selection removed from the gene pool, more productive individuals would be able to take his place, thereby improving society as a whole. 2) Sumner is a true friend to the Forgotten Man only on certain standards, the most important of those being if the Forgotten Man is employed, is paying his taxes, and does not stir up trouble. The Panic Of 1893 would then be seen as a purge of the population, so to speak, wherein the people who didn’t make the cut would be done away with and the stronger would survive....
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2011 for the course HISTORY 201 taught by Professor Nokes during the Spring '11 term at BYU.
- Spring '11