Lincoln

Overview

At the age of twenty-two, Abraham Lincoln arrived in New Salem, Illinois, as a “strange, friendless, uneducated, penniless boy” (in his own words). He did not remain friendless for long. Meet the community that welcomed him: Bennett and Elizabeth Abell, the couple who guided him through heartache; Mary Owens, Elizabeth Abell’s sister who helped educate him in the realm of the heart; Mentor Graham, the schoolmaster who helped teach him; Bowling Green, the jolly justice of the peace who allowed Lincoln to practice ...
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Overview

At the age of twenty-two, Abraham Lincoln arrived in New Salem, Illinois, as a “strange, friendless, uneducated, penniless boy” (in his own words). He did not remain friendless for long. Meet the community that welcomed him: Bennett and Elizabeth Abell, the couple who guided him through heartache; Mary Owens, Elizabeth Abell’s sister who helped educate him in the realm of the heart; Mentor Graham, the schoolmaster who helped teach him; Bowling Green, the jolly justice of the peace who allowed Lincoln to practice law before his court; and Slicky Bill Greene, who clerked with Lincoln at a frontier dry goods store. Making good use of primary sources overlooked by many historians, Dale Thomas helps flesh out the important story of Lincoln’s formative years in Menard County.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609497972
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,002,531
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dale Thomas taught Social Studies for 31 years at Bay High School in Bay Village, Ohio. In addition to serving as a judge for History Day at Case Western Reserve University, he has been an advisor for tours at the Western Reserve Historical Society, and historian for the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Michael Burlingame 9

Acknowledgements 13

1 Abell: Bend in the River 15

2 Greene: Slicky Bill 26

3 Abell: Great Friends of Mine 39

4 Owens: Of Prairie and Bluegrass 54

5 Graham: Schoolmaster 67

6 Owens: Fare Thee Well 78

7 Abell: A Very Life in Our Despair 99

8 Graham: Hard Times 111

9 Abell: Clouds without Sunshine 118

Notes 133

Bibliography 149

Index 155

About the Author 159

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