The Life of Abraham Lincoln: From His Birth to His Inauguration as President

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U of Nebraska Press, 1999 M01 1 - 547 páginas
Ward H. Lamon?s biography, which first appeared in 1872, presented a rustic portrait of the young Lincoln as he would be depicted in numerous books and later in movies: "He wore flax and tow linen pantaloons?I thought about five inches too short in the legs?and frequently he had but one suspender, no vest or coat." Straightforward in tone, the book was the first challenge to the filiopietistic school of Abraham Lincoln biography. ø One of Lincoln?s few close friends, Lamon based his book on materials gathered by Lincoln?s law partner William Herndon. Lamon?s was the first Lincoln biography to be based on this indispensable collection. Joining forces with a politically well-connected ghost writer, Chauncey F. Black, Lamon produced a book controversial for its treatment of Lincoln?s paternity, his courtships and marriage, and its assertion of Lincoln?s lack of Christian faith. The Life of Abraham Lincoln from His Birth to His Inauguration as President was initially rejected by reviewers and the reading public as too invasive of Lincoln?s privacy. Today?s readers can relish the vivid account of Lincoln?s boyhood, his young manhood, and his years in the Illinois legislature. Full accounts of Lincoln?s relationships with Ann Rutledge, Mary Owens, and Mary Todd are equally valuable.

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CHAPTER I
1
Clothes and comforts Abe and his sister Abe leads a new life
19
CHAPTER III
73
Pilots a boat to Beardstown Country store Abe as first clerk
85
attempt to speak a faneral discourse John Calhoun Lincoln studies
135
CHAPTER VIII
159
CHAPTER IX
172
Bitterness of feeling Democrats seek to hold a quorum Mr Lincoln
184
CHAPTER XI
223
CHAPTER IV
311
Mr Lincoln a candidate for elector in 1844 Debates with Calhoun
315
CHAPTER XIV
333
Difficulties and peculiarities of Mr Lincolns position A general review
466
CHAPTER XX
505
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Rodney O. Davis is co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College and co-editor, with Douglas L. Wilson, of Herndon?s Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln.

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