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Lincoln: A Photobiography (Houghton Mifflin social studies) Paperback – September 25, 1989
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This book and its contents are based on Freedman's exceptional compilation of photographs, letters, and drawings concerning Lincoln's life and times. Each image is woven into an eloquent account of Abraham Lincoln's world and the issues surrounding him. This book should be on every school library's shelf as it has so many wonderful pictures and other images both common and rare regarding Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.
At the end of the book, Freedman offers a "Lincoln Sampler" containing some of the president's famous quotes. Civil War scholars as well as those researching the topic will see that this book holds both pictures and words that bring our 16th president to life.
By Russell Freedman
"A spider of a boy" they called him. Throughout Lincoln's life he was known as a tall, bony legged man. Although he claimed he had forgotten his childhood, historians say he was born in a log cabin near Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12,1809. His parents, Thomas and Nancy named him after his pioneer grandpa who had been killed by Indians while harvesting his crops. After many years Thomas Lincoln, who was a farmer, decided to move the family to Indiana. This was, as Lincoln said, " The hardest experience of my life." Abe and his sister Sarah attended a small one-room cabin school two miles away from their home. This was the only formal schooling he had. When Abe was nine his mother, uncle and aunt all came down with the so-called "milk sickness" and died weeks later. A year went by until Thomas found another wife. He married Sarah Bush Lincoln who was a great housekeeper and took very good care of Lincoln and his sister. She also brought her three children to live with them. Lincoln learned to work hard at an early age. Later during his presidency he said, "Work, work, work is the main thing." After that, Lincoln decided to look for work in New Orleans and then New Salem, Illinois. In New Salem, Lincoln studied law and decided to run for the state legislature. He lost but then ran again when he was 25 and became the second highest vote getter in the state so he was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. At the age of 30, he moved to Springfield and met the love of his life, Mary Ann Todd. They were engaged soon after they met but called the wedding off after Mary's sister did not approve of the marriage.Read more ›
Freedman writes well and he focuses on Lincoln as an individual. I was pleased to see so much space devoted to Lincoln's complex relationship with Mary Todd, the woman who became his wife. The adversity this couple endured is sobering: the loss of Eddie and Willie at young ages, Lincoln's melancholia and spells of profound depression, as well as the strains of the Presidency. Who can imagine the torment of trying to keep a nation together while millions of American boys died in combat? The strain Lincoln endured is beyond imagination. Freedman tries to have the young reader put themselves in Lincoln's shoes. This is an instructive technique. Freedman also devotes considerable time to Lincoln's special father-son relationship with Tad, and his account of the assassination is excellent.
Readers of all ages can glean something from this book, but the target age range would be from 10-15. For young people first starting to learn about Lincoln, look no farther than here. This is a first-rate example of biography for the younger audience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderfully written biography about Abraham Lincoln. I enjoyed the pictures included in this book. I definitely recommend reading this book.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Should be required reading. My 13 yo loved it! The pictures helped him envision that long ago time.Published 4 months ago by Mom4gr8boys
I checked this book out of the Ocean County Library on Kindle. It is a good look at the life of President Lincoln.Published 9 months ago by P. Dalton
This was listed as an audio book and it was delivered as an actual book. So, it was a waste of my money, as I am a teacher and already have several copies of the book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Krista
This book is unique in a way that it is a photobiography. The various photos of Lincoln attract even the hesitant historical nonfiction young reader. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mary
I chose this book from the "Children's " section but the text did not seem aimed at children, in my opinion.Published 14 months ago by SARAH
I bought this mainly for the pictures and was disappointed with how few there are. The biography at best is generic. I wish I had not spent any money on it.Published 16 months ago by Ldolly