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My response should have read ' "Weak stratification" was... ' Only those two words were quoted and from your post. There was a distinct hierarchy in Virginia, though there was also social mobility. Level of education, starting with the level of education of the parents, was a dividing line. This was still true by the early 19th Century. Lincoln rose from humble beginnings, having become literate at home, by self study and apprenticeship to an attorney, under whom he 'read the law'. Then his innate abilities allowed him to use this knowledge to rise to elected office.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jul 16th, 2016 at 03:35:45 AM EST
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