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FC: The American System

1: Henry Clay in A Meeting With Congress

2: “The American system is the most ingenious system of control in world history. With a country so rich in natural resources, talent, and labor power the system can afford to distribute just enough wealth to just enough people to limit discontent to a troublesome minority. It is a country so powerful, so big, so pleasing to so many of its citizens that it can afford to give freedom of dissent to the small number who are not pleased. There is no system of control with more openings, apertures, leeways, flexibilities, rewards for the chosen, winning tickets in lotteries. There is none that disperses its controls more complexly through the voting system, the work situation, the church, the family, the school, the mass media--none more successful in mollifying opposition with reforms, isolating people from one another, creating patriotic loyalty.” - Howard Zinn

3: "This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it” - Al Capone

5: The cartoon mocks Henry Clay’s american system, the items labeled on the cages depicts different parts of the nation's economy as monkeys for stealing each others resources. And the commentators are agreeing with Clays ideas.

6: Works cited http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129229303 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Clay http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_System_(economic_plan) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/us/29zinn.html?_r=0 http://localoptionbier.com/2013/01/17/a-tribute-to-scarface/al-capone/ http://www.conservapedia.com/Henry_Clay http://elektratig.blogspot.com/2009_11_01_archive.html

7: The End

8: Celestine Ball, Anita Anderson, Miles Barnes

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