Abraham Lincoln Criticism

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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Why I chose to research Abraham Lincoln's life.

Ever since I was a small boy in elementary school, and all throughout my grade school
days, there were many great names that were spoken of and taught about. Names such as
George Washington, (our first president) John Hancock, John Adams, and Mark Twain were
among many others who contributed to the betterment of our great country, the United
States of America. Yet there was one name that resounded in my classrooms, and in my ears.
That name was Abraham Lincoln. As a child, I had heard of great things this man had done,
and wonderful things he had said. Of the many great things said by Abraham Lincoln, I
recall most vividly the Gettysburg address, given on November 19, 1863.

Listening to the words of my teachers and reading from my textbooks about this great man
who had done great things, made me curious. I wanted to know in more detail exactly what
it was that made this man so revered by teachers, political leaders, students, and
everyday people. What was it about Abraham Lincoln that made him who he was? And how did
this have an affect on how he ran the country? These are some questions that I have, and

throughout this research, I hope to answer them.

Abraham Lincoln was born in Larue County, which is in Kentucky, February 12, 1809 on a
Sunday morning. He, as well as most other people in those days, was born in a log cabin
that was not necessarily the most well built. The Lincoln cabin, as stated on page 5 in
vol. one of The Life of Abraham Lincoln, by William E. Barton, "was lacking in all modern
conveniences and most modern comforts." Abraham Lincoln was not born into a rich family
who had achieved great social and political power, but instead, a common, rather poor
family, who was content with what they had.

Thomas Lincoln (Abraham's father) was a carpenter and a farmer, and he met his wife Nancy
through a co-worker. Nancy was the sister of Joseph Hanks, who worked with Thomas Lincoln
as a carpenter, and it is believed that through this acquaintance, Thomas and Nancy met,
and were married.

Nancy and Thomas Lincoln were the parents of Abraham Lincoln, and were both born in
Virginia. When Nancy Lincoln got pregnant for the first time, both she and Thomas wanted
to have a baby boy, however, their first child was a girl, whose name was Sarah. Their
second child was our president, Abraham Lincoln, and two years after Abraham, Thomas was
born, but later died in infancy.

Abraham Lincoln was not unlike the typical young boy who liked to laugh and play with his
friends. He attended school on Knob Creek in Kentucky, and it was once said by one of his
classmates, Austin Gollaher, that he didn't attend classes much, and that he didn't even
have a textbook of his own. Gollaher also recalled Abraham Lincoln not having a hat. In
those times, hats were hard to come by and if you had a wool hat, you were in style. (Pg.
79 vol. 1) I find this to be an interesting recollection due only to the fact that almost
all of the most common pictures or paintings of Lincoln, show him in a top hat of some

Prior to the Lincoln family leaving Kentucky, Abraham and his sister were sent to schools
called A B C schools. (Pg. 86 vol. 1) These were also known as "blab-schools". The
"blab-schools" received their name from the method in which was used to teach the
students. As proof that the students were actually studying, the students would be
required to study out loud. (Pg. 86 vol.1)

Consider this brief testimony given by Abraham Lincoln:

"I had been fishing one day and caught a little fish which I was taking home. I met a
soldier in the road, and having always been told at home that we must be good to soldiers,
I gave him my fish!"(Pg. 87 in The Life of Abraham Lincoln, by William E. Barton)

As I am reminded of my questions stated on page one, (What was it about Abraham Lincoln
that made him who he was? And how did this have an affect on how he ran the country?) I
can start to see the kind of person Abraham Lincoln really was, solely by this one act of
kindness to a soldier. This tells me for one thing, that Abraham Lincoln had a good
upbringing by his parents. For another, it tells me that Lincoln knew what it meant to be
obedient and patriotic, even as a boy.

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