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Abe's Youth: Shaping the Future President by William E. Bartelt

Abe's Youth: Shaping the Future President

by William E. Bartelt

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Unabridged Edition
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9 Hrs. 7 Min.


Although Lincoln's adult life as president, statesman, and savior of the Union has been well documented and analyzed, most biographers have regarded his early years as inconsequential to his career and accomplishments. But in 1920, a group of historians known as the Lincoln Inquiry were determined to give Lincoln's formative years their due.

Abe's Youth takes a look into their writings, which focus on Lincoln's life between seven and 21 years of age. By filling in the gaps on Lincoln's childhood, these authors shed light on how his experiences growing up influenced the man he became. As the first fully annotated edition of the Lincoln Inquiry papers, Abe's Youth offers indispensable listening for anyone hoping to learn about Lincoln's early life.

The book is published by Indiana University Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

"A fascinating, in-depth examination of the future president and the time and environment in which he grew up." (Johnson County Historical Society)

"A careful, meticulous and balanced volume of primary source material that will be indispensable for anyone who wishes to investigate Lincoln's Indiana years." (Brian Dirck, Anderson University, and author of Lincoln in Indiana)

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