The Young Eagle: The Rise of Abraham Lincoln

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Taylor Trade Pub., 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 395 pages
Drawing on the latest interpretive and methodological advances in historical scholarship, The Young Eagle: The Rise of Abraham Lincoln reexamines the young adult life of America's sixteenth president. By profiling 3,000 of Lincoln's Springfield, Illinois, contemporaries, The Young Eagle creates a historical backdrop to explain how one of America's greatest leaders could be simultaneously typical and extraordinary.

Lincoln scholar Kenneth J. Winkle draws on dozens of historical sources, creating a detailed profile of ordinary Americans and then comparing their behavior with Lincoln's. Using comparative analysis, he views Lincoln's roles as husband, father, and politician, revealing details at odds with many other accounts. With a bracing, engaging narrative, The Young Eagle recasts legendary events and relationships surrounding Lincoln, such as his:
-- "humble" beginnings: they were not particularly humble
-- brief but controversial career as a merchant: bankruptcy boosted his fortune
-- love affair with Ann Rutledge: it never happened
-- controversial marriage to Mary Todd: they enjoyed a typical middle-class marriage
-- racial attitudes and antislavery stance: they were admirably advanced for his time

A must-have for Lincoln scholars and history buffs, The Young Eagle counters portrayals of Lincoln as an indecisive, irresolute leader with a fresh, credible look at the young man who rose from ordinariness to guide the country through the tumultuous Civil War.

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One of my hobbies is genealogy. My mother's Denton family followed the same geographical progression from Kentucky to Illinois as Lincoln's family. I don't have letters or many detailed records about ... Read full review

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When I started to read this book, after a few dozen pages, I wasn't sure if I liked this book or not, since the book, in a way, really isn't about Lincoln. This book does a masterful job of helping ... Read full review

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