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Abe's Youth


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Since his death, Abraham Lincoln has been celebrated as savior of the Union, proponent for emancipation, president of the United States, and skilled statesman. Although Lincoln's adult life has been well documented and analyzed, most biographers have regarded his early years as inconsequential to his career and accomplishments.

In 1920 a group of historians known as the Lincoln Inquiry were determined to give Lincoln's formative years their due. Abe's Youth takes a look into their writings, which focus on Lincoln's life between 7 and 21 years of age. By filling in the gaps on Lincoln's childhood, these authors shed light on how his experiences growing up influenced the man he became. As the first fully annotated edition of the Lincoln Inquiry papers, Abe's Youth offers indispensable reading for anyone hoping to learn about Lincoln's early life.




Works from Indiana's Lincoln Inquiry

Part 1: Lincoln's Hoosier Influences

1. Lincoln's Boyhood Days in Indiana / Roscoe Kiper

2. Lincoln's Environment in Indiana / Roscoe Kiper

3. Lincoln in Indiana / William Fortune

Part 2: Lincoln's Neighbors and Influences

4. Lincoln's Indiana Neighbors / Bess V. Ehrmann

5. Life of James Gentry Jr. / J. Helen Rhoades

6. The Grigsbys / Calder (Bess) Ehrmann

7. More Lincoln Memories / Nancy Grigsby Inco

8. Biographical Sketch of Josiah and Elizabeth (Anderson) Crawford / Will Adams

9. Daniel Grass / Laura Mercy Wright

10. The Athe Meeks Sr. Tragedy / Aaron Meeks

11. The Mystery of Lincoln's Melancholy / Louis A. Warren

12. Lincoln and the Wool-Carder's Beautiful Niece / Jesse N. Weik

13. Word Pictures of Pioneer Families and Lincoln Contemporaries / Bess V. Ehrmann

14. Interviews with Spencer County Pioneers about 1895 / T. H. Masterson

15. Early Days in Spencer County / Daniel Hayford

Part 3: Lincoln's Neighborhood and Environment

16. The Lincolns and Their Home in Spencer County, Indiana / C. C. Scheeder

17. An Interview with James Atlas Jones on the Lincoln Cabin in Spencer County / George H. Honig

18. The Lincolns' Eastward Environment / Thomas James de la Hunt

19. Some Early Troy History / Sallie Bergenroth

20. Early Agriculture in Spencer County, Indiana / David H. Morgan

21. Materia Medica of Pioneer Indiana / H. C. Knapp

Part 4: Lincoln and the Law

22. Environment and Opportunities of Lincoln in Indiana / Elbert Hayford

23. John A. Brackenridge / Eldora Minor Raleigh

24. John Pitcher / Alice L. Harper Hanby

25. Judge John Pitcher / John E. Cox

Part 5: The Lincoln Inquiry

26. The Environments of Abraham Lincoln in Indiana: The Best Witnesses / Anna C. O'Flynn

27. The Lincolns in Spencer County / Ida D. Armstrong

28. The Artist's Ideal of Lincoln / George H. Honig

29. What Indiana Did for Lincoln / Bess V. Ehrmann

30. Correspondence Between Lincoln Historians and This Society / John H. Iglehart

Lincoln and Southwestern Indiana Chronology




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Published 01 October 2019
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