Abe Lincoln by Sterling North

By Sterling North

Abraham Lincoln used to be born to a bad relatives at the American frontier. He used to be a troublesome employee, yet he sought after greater than a farmer's existence. As he realized concerning the problems with his day, Abe longed to be a lawmaker himself, so he ran for the country legislature. quickly the farm boy could develop into the bright orator and well-known president who ultimately proclaimed freedom for all american citizens. targeting Lincoln's formative years and early manhood, this booklet explores the folks and occasions that formed considered one of America's maximum presidents.

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It is also true and significant that both were men of unusual honesty. In Lincoln’s time, all young men were legally bound to their fathers until age twenty-one, and Tom Lincoln never relaxed his claim on his son’s labor during all those years. What Abe earned went to his father. Sometimes the boy was “farmed out” to neighbors to butcher pigs at a wage of thirty-one cents a day. Killing a pig is a brutal business. To a boy who had already ceased to hunt because he hated to kill wild animals and who had written essays against cruelty to dumb beasts, slaughtering swine could not have been pleasant work.

Abe had a little dog who trotted faithfully along beside him all the way. But once when they had just crossed a stream, Lincoln looked back to see the small beast whining pitifully on the far shore, unwilling to brave the plunge into the icy water. “I could not endure the thought of abandoning even a dog,” Abe recalled. ” Copyright © 1956 by Sterling North. Text copyright renewed 1984 by Gladys North. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. , New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto.

He’d put a book inside his shirt an’ fill his pants pockets with corn dodgers, an’ go off to plow or hoe. When noon came he’d set down under a tree, an’ read an’ eat. ” Both habits were to remain with Lincoln for life—reading and “sitting on his shoulder blades” while he read. The first books that he devoured were Aesop’s Fables, Robinson Crusoe, Pilgrim’s Progress, and Parson Weems’s biography of George Washington. It is probably true as claimed that he studied these books until he had memorized many pages of each.

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