Lincoln: A Photobiography

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1987 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 150 pages
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Abraham Lincoln stood out in a crowd as much for his wit and rollicking humor as for his height. This Newbery Medal-winning biography of our Civil War president is warm, appealing, and illustrated with dozens of carefully chosen photographs and prints.

Russell Freedman begins with a lively account of Abraham Lincoln's boyhood, his career as a country lawyer, and his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd. Then the author focuses on the presidential years (1861 to 1865), skillfullly explaining the many complex issues Lincoln grappled with as he led a deeply divided nation through the Civil War. The book's final chapter is a moving account of that tragic evening in Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865. Concludes with a sampling of Lincoln writings and a detailed list of Lincoln historical sites.

This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Read Aloud Informational Text).


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Is there anything better than a children's book that doesn't dumb down for children? This is such a book. Although relatively simple in its writing style, it left nothing of importance out in terms of ... Read full review

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I read “Lincoln: A Photobiography” by Russell Freedman on a digital reader. Through descriptive passages and photographs, the book provides a comprehensive history of Abraham Lincoln's life. With ... Read full review


1 The Mysterious Mr Lincoln
2 A Backwoods Boy
3 Law and Politics
4 Half Slave and Half Free
5 Emancipation
6 This Dreadful War
7 Who Is Dead in the White House?
A Lincoln Sampler
In Lincolns Footsteps
Back Matter
Back Flap
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About the author (1987)

Russell Freedman has received nearly every children's literature award, including the Newbery Medal, several Newbery Honors, and the Sibert Medal, as well as a National Humanities Medal and the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award. He lives in New York City and travels widely to research his books.

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