25 November 2012
The Legend of Abraham Lincoln
Wilson, Douglas L. Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Vintage Knopf., 1999. Print. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States of America, serving from 1860 to 1865. From humble upbringings to becoming the most powerful man in America, "Honest Abe" is known today as a great and influential person who is often idolized in American politics. Lincoln is almost always voted the best or near-best President among historians (Wilson, 1). He helped mend the rift between the Union and the Confederacy, reuniting and reconstructing America and leading the way for his successors to twist this land of the free and home of the brave into the inspiration it is today. From his log cabin childhood to death, Abraham Lincoln was a great man whose legend lives on today. Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 to Thomas and Nancy Hawks Lincoln (Wilson 11, 12). He had an older sister, Sarah, and a brother, Thomas, who died in infancy. On the farm that Abraham was born, the family spent only about two years then moved to a farm ten miles away on Knob Creek . It was in Knob Creek where Sarah and Abraham first went to school, learning the different subjects in a log schoolhouse. In 1816, the family picked up and would move again .They moved to southwestern Indiana, where Thomas worked to turn 60 acres of forest land into a farm (Wilson, 13). In 1818, Nancy Lincoln died of an illness the settlers called "milk sickness," caused by drinking milk from cows "that had eaten snakeroot," a highly toxic herb. A depression hit, and overwhelmed the farm after her death, but all happiness was eventually restored. Thomas married a widow named Sarah Bush Johnston, and the loneliness was for the most part, all but gone. As one can see, Lincoln's childhood was simple, yet it set him up to become a great man. The next steps that Lincoln...