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The Story of Abraham Lincoln

The Story of Abraham Lincoln by Mary A. Hamilton

The Story of Abraham Lincoln by Mary A. Hamilton offers a comprehensive and engaging look at one of America's most iconic presidents. Hamilton expertly weaves together historical accounts and personal anecdotes to create a vivid portrait of Lincoln's life and legacy.

The book provides a detailed exploration of Lincoln's humble beginnings, his rise to power, and his enduring impact on the nation. Hamilton's prose is clear and accessible, making the complex history of this remarkable figure easily digestible for readers of all ages.

One of the most compelling aspects of the book is Hamilton's focus on Lincoln's character and values. Through her meticulous research and insightful analysis, she brings to life the man behind the myth, showcasing his compassion, integrity, and unwavering commitment to justice.

Overall, The Story of Abraham Lincoln is a must-read for anyone interested in American history or looking for inspiration from one of the country's greatest leaders. Hamilton's thoughtful and thorough examination of Lincoln's life and legacy is sure to leave a lasting impression on readers of all backgrounds.

Book Description:

In this biography for young adults, Mary A. Hamilton gives a British person’s perspective on the 16th President of the United States. A glowing tribute to “Honest Abe”, the author traces Lincoln’s ancestral roots and recounts his birth in Kentucky, his youth in Indiana, his adult life in Illinois and his years in the White House. She also provides a good background on the causes and course of the American Civil War.

Hamilton is not always historically precise. For example, she erroneously names Jefferson Davis as the Southern Democratic candidate for president running against Lincoln and Douglas in 1860 rather than John C. Breckinridge. However, overall “The Story of Abraham Lincoln” is a good summarization and interesting account of the life, values and politics of Lincoln.

Cautions: Chapter 7 contains a single use of an epithet for African-Americans in a quotation from a British magazine. Chapter 8 ends with an example of a stereotypical Southern black dialect which many may find offensive.

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