Abe: A Novel of the Young Lincoln

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A brilliant work of historical imagination, Abe immerses the reader in the isolating poverty and difficult circumstances that shaped Abraham Lincoln's character. Marked by his mother's horrible death and the struggle to keep reading and learning in the face of his father's fierce disapproval, Richard Slotkin's Lincoln comes of age during a dramatic flatboat journey down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans. Along the way, Lincoln and his companions see slavery firsthand and experience the violence -- and the pleasures -- of frontier settlements and the cities of Natchez and New Orleans. Transformed by what he has seen and done, Lincoln returns to make his final break with his father and to step out of the wilderness into New Salem -- and history.

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User Review  - benuathanasia - LibraryThing

A strange, yet interesting look at what Lincoln's childhood might have been like. Largely fabricated, but it keeps much of the "feel" of Lincoln. Read full review

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Historian (Gunfighter Nation, 1992, etc.) and novelist Slotkin (The Return of Henry Starr, 1988; The Crater, 1980) offers an impressively detailed re-creation of the early years of our myth-enshrouded ... Read full review

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Contents

My Home Is over Jordan
3
Uncle Mordecai
21
The War Against the Trees
37
The Pigeon Massacre
55
The Bear
75
MilkSick
95
The Kingdom of Pap
109
Hiring Out
129
The Crossroads
269
The Dead Reaches
285
The ScrootchOwl
303
The Trial
329
City upon a Hill
345
Burning Bush
363
Theatre dOrleans
381
The Bottom of the River
397

Tom Lincolns Boy
143
The Landing
161
The Judge
181
Father of Waters
205
Queen of the Nile
227
The Greatest Actor in the EnglishSpeaking World
251
Homecoming
415
The Republic
427
The Candidate
455
Afterword
477
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About the author (2001)

Richard Slotkin is the Olin Professor of American Studies at Wesleyan University. He is the author of Gunfighter Nation and Regeneration Through Violence, both National Book Award finalists, and The Crater, a novel.

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