Overview

Young Abraham Lincoln and his family joined the migration over the Ohio River, but it was Kentucky--the state of his birth--that shaped his personality and continued to affect his life. His wife was from the commonwealth, as were each of the other women with whom he had romantic relationships. Henry Clay was his political idol; Joshua Speed of Farmington, near Louisville, was his lifelong best friend; and all three of his law partners were Kentuckians. During the Civil War, Lincoln is reputed to have said, "I ...

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Lincoln of Kentucky

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Overview

Young Abraham Lincoln and his family joined the migration over the Ohio River, but it was Kentucky--the state of his birth--that shaped his personality and continued to affect his life. His wife was from the commonwealth, as were each of the other women with whom he had romantic relationships. Henry Clay was his political idol; Joshua Speed of Farmington, near Louisville, was his lifelong best friend; and all three of his law partners were Kentuckians. During the Civil War, Lincoln is reputed to have said, "I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky." He recognized Kentucky's importance as the bellwether of the four loyal slave states and accepted the commonwealth's illegal neutrality until Unionists secured firm control of the state government. Lowell Harrison emphasizes the particular skill and delicacy with which Lincoln handled the problems of a loyal slave state populated by a large number of Confederate sympathizers. It was not until decades later that Kentuckians fully recognized Lincoln's greatness and paid homage to their native son.

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""Covers Lincoln's background in Kentucky and his lifelong association with the state of his birth in a professional and entertaining manner. His work is well researched." --Louisville Courier-Journal" --

""A fascinating and interesting account of Lincoln the boy, Lincoln the young man, Lincoln the politician, Lincoln the president, Lincoln the husband and father, and Lincoln the Kentuckian." --Louisville Voice-Tribune" --

""Shows that despite Kentucky's apparent wariness of Lincoln during his lifetime, the state can make a claim to his rich legacy." --McCormick (SC) Messenger" --

""A fresh story, told in an effective and uncluttered style that provides new depth and detail to many of the important issues raised by the Civil War." --Mississippi Review" --

"'You are a Kentuckian.' In crisp, lean prose, Harrison sets out precisely what the phrase meant for Lincoln's generation." --Register of the Kentucky Historical Society" --

""Stresses the state's continuing influence on Abe." --James Klotter, Lexington Herald-Leader" --

""A good book for those interested in Lincoln, the seccession Crisis, the first year of the war, and domestic politics during the conflict, as well as for the general student of the Civil War."--Lincoln of Kentucky Book Reviews" --

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813139371
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 9/29/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 1,063,313
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lowell H. Harrison, professor emeritus of history at Western Kentucky University, is the author of several books, including The Civil War in Kentucky and George Rogers Clark and the War in the West, and editor of Kentucky’s Governors.  He is coauthor of A New History of Kentucky.

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