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Abraham Lincoln was once born to a bad kin at the American frontier. He used to be a difficult employee, yet he sought after greater than a farmer's existence. As he discovered in regards to the problems with his day, Abe longed to be a lawmaker himself, so he ran for the kingdom legislature. quickly the farm boy might turn into the intense orator and in demand president who ultimately proclaimed freedom for all american citizens. targeting Lincoln's adolescence and early manhood, this ebook explores the folks and occasions that formed one in all America's maximum presidents.

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One day in May 1786, when Abe’s grandfather and his sons were working in the field, a shot rang out from the nearby woods and old Abraham fell to the ground. In a few moments he was dead. Tom Lincoln was a small boy of eight at the time. While his two older brothers ran for help, little Tom, brave but terrified, stood beside the body of his father. He turned to see an Indian dart from his ambush and come racing toward him across the field. Would the Indian take him captive? Would he kill him on the spot?

So he sold off his corn an’ hogs an’ piled everything into ox-wagons an’ we all went—Lincolns an’ Hankses an’ Johnstons, all hangin’ together. I reckon we was like one o’ them tribes o’ Israel that you kain’t break up, nohow. ” The Land of Canaan, the Promised Land of milk and honey on the far side of the Wabash! How frequently “greener pastures” have beckoned to such restless tribes as this one! Tom Lincoln sold his farm for what little it would bring. Farewells were said to friends and neighbors.

The pilot was emperor on this floating kingdom—a fact that put a new idea in young Lincoln’s head. Back in southern Indiana by June, after a two-month round trip, Abe asked his influential friend William Wood if he would do him an important favor. As Wood later recorded, “Abe came to my house one day and stood round about timid and shy. I knew he wanted something. ’ I remarked, ‘Abe, your age is against you. ” But for “the boy’s good” his friend did not act on his request. And so Lincoln never became a steamboat pilot.

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