By Sterling North
Abraham Lincoln used to be born to a bad relations at the American frontier. He was once a difficult employee, yet he sought after greater than a farmer's existence. As he discovered concerning the problems with his day, Abe longed to be a lawmaker himself, so he ran for the kingdom legislature. quickly the farm boy could develop into the intense orator and renowned president who eventually proclaimed freedom for all americans. targeting Lincoln's adolescence and early manhood, this booklet explores the folk and occasions that formed one in every of America's maximum presidents.
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They had no way of knowing that one of the most mentally active young men in southern Indiana was preparing himself for a future beyond their wildest dreams (and also beyond his own). Tom Lincoln seems to have been alternately pleased and provoked by his strange son—who admittedly could be a trial and tribulation to a father trying to get the grubbing, hoeing, and fence making done. Abe could induce every other man and boy in the field to stop working by mounting a stump and going into his act—joking, mimicking, sawing the air with his long arms.
He and Nancy Lincoln were first cousins. Both had been reared by their kindly aunt and uncle, Tom and Betsy Sparrow. No wonder the Lincolns had wanted the Sparrows to be the first to see the new baby. Blue wood-smoke was rising from the chimney of the Lincoln cabin as Dennis raced into the clearing, the tail of his coonskin cap streaming in the wind. He wondered what little Abe would look like. Dennis didn’t think much of babies in general, but maybe Nancy’s would be something special. As the boy lifted the latch and stepped into the fire-lit, one-room cabin, he saw for the first time, lying there beside the tired but smiling Nancy, the homely baby who would one day become America’s most beloved president.
His heavy biceps and shoulders gleamed and rippled in the sunlight. Abe’s long, flat muscles had gigantic strength and leverage, but he knew that he was facing a tough opponent. Stories of how the match ended differ in a few respects. But most versions agree that after a rough struggle, Abe threw Jack fairly. Then the rest of the Clary’s Grove gang jumped Abe, who sprang to his feet, placed his back to a wall, and offered to take on the entire crowd, but one at a time. Armstrong, like the good sport he ever after proved to be, pushed aside his companions and offered Lincoln his hand.