Abe's Youth

Shaping the Future President

by William Bartelt and Josh Claybourn

Published by: Indiana University Press

320 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 20 b&w illus., 2 maps

  • Paperback
  • 9780253043894
  • Published: October 2019


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  • Hardcover
  • 9780253043917
  • Published: October 2019


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  • eBook
  • 9780253043924
  • Published: October 2019


Since his death, Abraham Lincoln has been celebrated as savior of the Union, proponent for emancipation, president of the United States, and skilled statesman. Although Lincoln's adult life has been well documented and analyzed, most biographers have regarded his early years as inconsequential to his career and accomplishments.

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 7 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 reading for anyone hoping to learn about Lincoln's early life.