|New Salem, Illinois, 2015 (Photo by Tony Galati)|
"It don't do a child a bit of good," a neighbor unconvinced of the worth of vaccination told Abraham Lincoln. "I had a child vaccinated once, and in three days it fell out of a window and broke its neck."
A reminder that the same ignorance that is a pervasive national problem today was also a problem more than 150 years ago. People never change.
Speaking of which, the story is untrue. During Lincoln's time, any half humorous remark was given a bit of extra oomph by attaching it to the famously jocular president. Joseph Howard of the Brooklyn Eagle admitted to making up the story, according to Paul M. Zall, in his enjoyable, "Abe Lincoln's Legacy of Laughter."
At least Howard admitted the lie. There's hope then.