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Citizen of New Salem (Abraham Lincoln as a Young Man)
Citizen of New Salem - Abraham Lincoln as a Young Man Author:Paul Horgan A moving portrait of the young Abraham Lincoln, the book chronicles the years of self-discovery in the frontier village of New Salem, Illinois. Lincoln was twenty-one when he came there as a flatboatman, working For Denton Offutt, whose boat he had navigated down the Sangamon and Mississippi to New Orleans. When he left New Salem for Springfield... more » as a new counsellor-at-law he was twenty-eight. All his troubled self-doubts during the crucial years between, his poverty and lack of formal education, his impulses of coltish gaiety, and his discover of the mind, are seen against a lively background of the frontier society from which the President-to-be drew his vision of humanity.
'Citizen of New Salem' was written in honor of the centennial of Abraham Lincoln's first inauguration. As a winner of the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes in History, Mr. Horgan brings unusual gifts in the telling of a classic story of the American past.« less
I love Paul Horgan's writing style and word usage. He did a grand job of telling the story of Lincoln's early years in a charming and delightful way. The book is short and only deals with the New Salem years. Well worth the short time it took to read.