American society has been filled with many great men and women, who have helped to write the history we study today. A great man once stated “In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.” This quote came from one of the American hero’s that is still being recognized today. His name is written throughout history books, his face is engrained on the penny and the five dollar bill, and there is a great monument in the nation’s capital dedicated to him. This man is Abraham Lincoln. He is hailed as one of the greatest men to ever serve as a president and his contributions to American culture will never be forgotten. In recent years Abraham has even been the main character for a couple movies.
People tend to link Lincoln to Illinois. The truth of the matter is Abraham was born in Hardin County Kentucky in a one room log cabin with a dirt floor (Miller Center). The fact that Abraham was born in the small cabin goes to show that his parents did not have a lot of money. Money was not the only hardship the young boy faced. His mother died when he was at the very young age of nine years old. The family being low on money which was the case of many families back in the day Abraham was forced to work to help support his family instead of getting a formal education. After the death of his first wife and Abrahams mother the family moved to the wild frontier of Indiana, where Thomas remarried. It was said that Abraham and his father Thomas didn’t get along very well, they were always butting heads. But he did take a liking to his father’s new wife and she encouraged him to learn himself. (Miller Center). For being the influential man society sees Mr. Lincoln as it is a shock that most of his education was self-taught, proving his brilliance at a very young age. Living on the frontier he thirsted for more knowledge and upon coming of age moved to Illinois still poor.
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