ABE LINCOLN GOES TO WASHINGTON 1837-1865 by Cheryl Harness


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 To the growing number of picture-book biographies add this sequel to Young Abe Lincoln (1996) that covers the latter half of Lincoln's life. From the tall, lanky new lawyer who tucked his papers inside his stovepipe hat to the president who led a divided country through civil war, Harness profiles a personal and political Lincoln in a variety of settings and states of mind. Her informal style lends a familiarity to the narrative, interspersing quotes, excerpts, anecdotes, and speeches into the straightforward story line. Without romanticizing Lincoln's role in history, the author allows this larger-than-life president to be human by presenting the anguish and torment he suffered at home as well as in his role as president during a time of civil war. Illustrated maps rife with captions and dates outline the chronology of events and provide a jumping-off point for more serious war buffs. An enormous amount of information and a number of complex issues are pared down to an approachable, satisfying sketch of the simple country lawyer who became ``Father Abraham, the Emancipator.'' (Picture book/biography. 8+)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-7922-3736-6
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: National Geographic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1997


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