Abraham Lincoln is one of the most historic figures in American history. Lincoln's personality and background allowed him to be a "great" man which allowed him to be a great President. William Gienapp's, Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America is an accurate portrayal of Abraham Lincoln's life and personality. Lincoln's down to earth personality and ability to please a crowd with his stories and jokes made him a successful lawyer and politician. Lincoln who was calm, fair minded, and patient arose from a humble childhood to become a popular public figure.
Lincoln, who was born in to Thomas and Nancy, grew up with very little education. Lincoln mostly taught himself by reading any books he could get his hands on, and strived for self improvement. Abraham was raised on a farm, and spoke little about his childhood, "He was also embarrassed by his crude family background" (page1). Abraham and his father often disagreed, especially with Abraham and his constant reading. Abe often read books instead of doing his chores around the house which made him seem lazy, and which sometimes got him a slashing. Both Abe and his father were alike because they looked to improve their lives. Fath
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Lincoln talked to ordinary people about issues that involved them, making him very likable. Lincoln said that you could not get rid of slavery were it already exist because that is not within the bounds of The Constitution, but he focused on stopping its spread to western territories. "Thomas Lincoln with his indifference to education, erratic work habits, limited ambition, agrarian outlook, and leisurely lifestyle, belonged to the premodern world" while Abraham was ambitious and was self disciplined (page 10).
Abraham felt more at ease talking to other men, and showed very little confidence around women.
Lincoln was brought up anti-slavery and maintained this belief throughout his political life, though some aspects of it changed during his presidency. Abraham stated...
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