Abraham Lincoln: The Freedom President (Great Lives (Fawcett))

Abraham Lincoln: The Freedom President (Great Lives (Fawcett))

Susan Sloate

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 0449903753

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The life and times of America's most famous champion of liberty, a man of peace whose fate was to lead a nation at war with itself. Join young Lincoln in the Kentucky wilderness and see how his thirst for knowledge and justice led him to the presidency, where he would be called upon to preserve the Union and abolish the evil of slavery forever.

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abolition of slavery. With his new law firm set up, and his partner taking care of the bookkeeping, Lincoln was able to pursue his goal of being elected to the United States Congress. He was elected to Congress in 1847, at the age of thirty-eight. When Lincoln took his seat in Congress in December, the war between the United States and Mexico was causing everyone great concern. Texas had become a state in 1845, but Mexico still claimed it as her territory. On his second day in Congress,

They proudly refused. Mary saw her own family, the Todds, slipping away from her. Robert Lincoln was also causing trouble. He had begged his father to allow him to enlist in the army, but Lincoln refused. Mary had already lost two sons; he doubted she could live through the death of a third. As the years passed and young Robert remained a civilian, newspapers and rival politicians pointed to him as a blot on his father’s record. How could he be permitted to remain safe when so many thousands of

did not, he asked the White House band to strike up the Southern anthem “Dixie.” “I have always thought ‘Dixie’ was one of the best tunes I have ever heard,” he told his audience. “The rebels had taken it as theirs, but the Union has recaptured it—and so it is our lawful prize.” The cheers rose in a mighty crescendo. Lincoln quietly slipped inside. Lincoln knew that reuniting the North and South would take more than signing a peace agreement or playing ‘Dixie.’ The task of reconstructing the

peace, however, his dreams turned prophetic. Soon after the surrender, President Lincoln, his wife Mary, and several friends sat together in the White House. The talk turned to dreams and visions, and Lincoln mentioned that he had had a disturbing dream some time before. The others pressed him to tell it, and at last he began: “About ten days ago, I retired very late. I had been waiting up for important dispatches. I could not have been long in bed when I fell into a slumber, for I was weary. I

her. They were not exactly political celebrities, but they were the best choice possible. In the afternoon, Mary Lincoln asked her husband to take a ride with her in a private carriage, saying he looked pale and could use some fresh air. Lincoln agreed, and as they drove along his face became more and more cheerful. It was after five o’clock, and the daylight was fading. Mary plainly saw the merry twinkle in his eye and the smile stretching across his face. “You almost startle me by your great

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