|Abraham Lincoln (Making of America)|
Author: Kanefield, Teri
The inspiring and tragic story of one of our most beloved presidents. Born in a cabin deep in the backwoods of Kentucky, growing up in a family considered "the poorest of the poor," Lincoln rose to become the sixteenth President of the United States. As president, he guided the United States through the Civil War, helped end slavery in America, and strengthened the federal government.
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/18)
School Library Journal (06/01/18)
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School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 Gr 5 Up—The author adroitly reviews the facts of Lincoln's entire life, divided into 16 chapters, and examines his emergence as a politician and his views on slavery. Kanefield covers his rise as a successful lawyer to his serving in the Illinois legislature and one term in the U.S. House of Representatives. His run for the U.S. Senate in 1858 thrust Lincoln into the national spotlight. The author makes clear that Lincoln's firm devotion to the principles of the Declaration of Independence and his belief that all men were entitled to the fruits of their labors guided his presidency as he led the nation toward the abolition of slavery. The author utilizes quotes from a variety of sources, including Michael Burlingame's Abraham Lincoln: A Life, and covers a wide range of historical issues, giving readers a sense of the complexity of Lincoln's time and the issues that divided the United States. Selected writings of Lincoln complete the back matter. It should be noted that factual errors exist throughout: Willie Lincoln was age 11 when he died, not age seven; and Ulysses Grant was a native of Ohio, not New York. VERDICT Libraries satisfied with the other titles in the series will probably want to add this volume to their collection.—Patricia Ann Owens, formerly at Illinois Eastern Community College, Mt. Carmel - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 06/01/2018 Abraham Lincoln grew up with a father who preferred he work with his body instead of using his mind. Young Lincoln, though, left home to pursue odd jobs until he entered politics, where he gained the self-confidence to continually better himself through education and his dream of becoming a lawyer. In this latest of Kanefield’s The Making of America series, readers will learn not only of Lincoln’s legacy but also of his battles with depression and anxiety. Kanefield takes primary source material to help portray Lincoln from an early age until his death, analyzing anecdotes (like Lincoln not attending his father’s funeral) along with historical interpretation of those stories. Along the way, readers will see how his early beliefs transformed into his later politics. Interspersed are bird’s-eye views of how the nation was dealing with slavery, with such events as the Dred Scott decision and the Battle of the Alamo. A multifaceted, humanistic portrayal of our sixteenth president. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.