LINCOLN'S NEW SALEM by Benjamin P. Thomas


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A monograph, first published in 1934 by the Abraham Lincoln Association, is here revised in light of further research in the intervening years, and proves to be a pleasant consideration of the small pioneer town, the community around it and the six years young Lincoln spent there. Here is the beginning when Rutledge and Camron built their grist and sawmill, when this was followed by a store and then a ""grocery"" (saloon) as families came to settle, on to the peak year of 1832 and then the fading and complete disappearance of New Salem. During its brief day, this pictures the residents, the past-times, the customs, the manner of life and thought, the houses and the furnishings and continues with a record of the firsts in Lincoln's years there, the roots of his ""later, greater"" life and the growth of the Lincoln legend and the restoration of the town because of his association with it. Exact footnoting for serious students, this is a useful companion for the author's Abraham Lincoln (1952).

Pub Date: April 26th, 1954
ISBN: 0809313898
Publisher: Knopf