The Life of Abraham Lincoln
Cosimo, Inc., 2008 M01 1 - 444 páginas
She is remembered today as a muckraking journalist, author of such blockbuster exposes as 1904's The History of the Standard Oil Company, which actually contributed to the corporation's breakup in 1911. But in this 1900 work, as charming as it is important, American author IDA MINERVA TARBELL (1857-1944) shows a softer side as she traces, with a laudatory and admiring spirit, the development of the character and morals of Abraham Lincoln. Begun as a project by McClure's Magazine to collect and preserve the reminiscences of friends and acquaintances of Abraham Lincoln while they were still alive, the project grew into a series of articles for the periodical, and then finally this two-volume spiritual biography of the great man, which draws on firsthand memories and other material, including original sources such speeches, letters, and telegrams. Volume I covers Lincoln's life from before he was even born, with the origins of the Lincoln family back to the early 17th century, through his education, his service in the Black Hawk War, his early dabblings in politics, his experiences and attitudes as a lawyer, and the presidential campaign of 1860.
A few days later he accepted an offer to pilot down the Sangamon and Illinois
rivers, as far as Beardstown, a flat- boat bearing the family and goods of a
pioneer bound for Texas. At Beardstown he found Offutt's goods, waiting to be
taken to ...
... and going with the meanderings of the channel, when we are this distance
above its mouth we are only between twelve and eighteen miles above
Beardstown in something near a straight direction ; and this route is upon such
low ground as ...
The "Talisman" actually came up the river; scores of men went to Beardstown to
meet her, among them Lincoln, of course, and to him was given the honor of
piloting her — an honor which made him remembered by many a man who saw
... hostile Indians, headed by Black Hawk, had invaded the Rock River country, to
the great terror of the frontier inhabitants ; and it called upon the citizens who
were willing to aid in repelling them, to rendezvous at Beardstown within a week.
The volunteers were ordered to be at Beardstown, nearly forty miles from New
Salem, on April 22d. Horses, rifles, saddles, blankets were to be secured, a
company formed. It was work of which the settlers were not ignorant. Under the
laws of ...
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