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residence, freedom in marriage, freedom through equal opportunity to all races,
freedom of travel from one state to another, freedom in our choice of foods, and
freedom to AIM FOR ANY STATION IN LIFE FOR WHICH WE HAVE PREPARED OURSELVES, even for the presidency of the United States.
We have other forms of freedom, but this list will give a bird’s eye view of the
most important, which constitute OPPORTUNITY of the highest order. This advantage of freedom is all the more conspicuous because the United States is the
only country guaranteeing to every citizen, whether native born or naturalized, so
broad and varied a list of freedom.
Next, let us recount some of the blessings which our widespread freedom has
placed within our hands. Take the average American family for example (meaning, the family of average income) and sum up the beneﬁts available to every
member of the family, in this land of OPPORTUNITY and plenty!
a. FOOD. Next to freedom of thought and deed comes FOOD, CLOTHING, and
SHELTER, the three basic necessities of life. Because of our universal freedom 117 NAPOLEON HILL
THINK AND GROW RICH the average American family has available, at its very door, the choicest selection
of food to be found anywhere in the world, and at prices within its ﬁnancial range.
A family of two, living in the heart of Times Square district of New York City, far
removed from the source of production of foods, took careful inventory of the cost
of a simple breakfast, with this astonishing result:
Articles of food;
Cost at the breakfast table:
Grape Fruit Juice, (From Florida) . . . . . . . . . . . . 02
Rippled Wheat Breakfast food (Kansas Farm). . . . 02
Tea (From China). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 02
Bananas (From South America) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 02½
Toasted Bread (From Kansas Farm) . . . . . . .. . . . 01
Fresh Country Eggs (From Utah) . . . . . . . . . . . . .07
Sugar (From Cuba, or Utah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .00½
Butter and Cream (From New England) . . . . . . . . .03
Grand total . . . .20
It is not very difﬁcult to obtain FOOD in a country where two people can have
breakfast consisting of all they want or need for a dime apiece! Observe that this
simple breakfast was gathered, by some strange form of magic (?) from China,
South America, Utah, Kansas and the New England States, and delivered on the
breakfast table, ready for consumption, in the very heart of the most crowded city
in America, at a cost well within the means of the most humble laborer.
The cost included all federal, state and city taxes! (Here is a fact the politicians did
not mention when they were crying out to the voters to throw their opponents out
of ofﬁce because the people were being taxed to death).
b. SHELTER. This family lives in a comfortable apartment, heated by steam,
lighted with electricity, with gas for cooking, all for $65.00 a month. In a smaller
city, or a more sparsely settled part of New York city, the same apartment could
be had for as low as $20.00 a month.
The toast they had for breakfast in the food estimate was toas...
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This note was uploaded on 11/13/2012 for the course ACCOUNTING 225 taught by Professor Austin during the Spring '12 term at American.
- Spring '12