The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln

Ida M. Tarbell

Series: Historical Figures
BISAC: BIO011000



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The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln gets to the heart of young Lincoln’s life and the origins of his reputation as “honest Abe.” This biography is full of fantastic insights into Lincoln’s life: looking not just at the plain facts but also into the character of Abraham Lincoln as a young man.

The story of his life, which is told here more fully and consecutively bears out our belief that Abraham Lincoln inherited from his ancestry traits and qualities of mind which made him a remarkable child and a young man of unusual promise and power. The career of Abraham Lincoln is more easily understood in view of his ancestry. So far from his later career being unaccounted for in his origin and early history, it is as fully accounted for as in the case of any man.
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Chapter I. The Origin of the Lincoln Family—The Lincolns in Kentucky
Chapter II. The Birth of Abraham Lincoln—His Early Education and Friends
Chapter III. The Lincolns Leave Kentucky—They Settle In Southern Indiana—Conditions Of Life in Their New Home
Chapter IV. Early Education—Books Abraham Read—The Jones Grocery Store—Life On The River
Chapter V. Lincoln’s Reputation in Indiana—Reminiscences of His Associates
Chapter VI. Amusements of Lincoln’s Life in Indiana—His First Sorrows
Chapter VII. The Lincolns Leave Indiana—The Journey to Illinois—Abraham Lincoln Starts Out For Himself
Chapter VIII. First Independent Work—First Appearance in Sangamon County—Visit to New Orleans in 1831
Chapter IX. Lincoln Settles In New Salem—He Becomes a Grocery Clerk—His Popularity in New Salem
Chapter X. Lincoln’s First Announcement to the Voters of Sangamon County—His Views on the Improvement of the Sangamon—The Modesty of His Circular
Chapter XI. Outbreak of Sacs and Foxes—Lincoln Volunteers and Is Made a Captain—Incidents of His Service as Captain—Stillman’s Defeat
Chapter XII. Lincoln an Independent Ranger—Major Iles’s Reminiscences of the Campaign—End of the-Black Hawk War
Chapter XIII. Electioneering in 1832 in Illinois—Lincoln Defeated of Election to the Assembly—Buys a Store
Chapter XIV. Berry and Lincoln Take Out a Tavern License and Hire a Clerk—Lincoln Begins to Study Law
Chapter XV. Lincoln Is Appointed Postmaster—He Learns Surveying, and Is Appointed Deputy Surveyor—The First Work He Did in His New Profession—What He Earned
Chapter XVI. Business Reverses—Lincoln For the Second Time a Candidate for the Legislature—Is Elected
Chapter XVII. Lincoln Finally Decides On A Legal Career—His First Session in the General Assembly of Illinois
Chapter XVIII. Lincoln’s First Acquaintance with Ann Rutledge—The Story of Their Love
Chapter XIX. Abraham Lincoln at Twenty-Six Years of Age

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