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The Life of Abraham Lincoln

The Life of Abraham Lincoln



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The Life of Abraham Lincoln - Preface (by Henry Ketcham)
By Henry Ketcham 
 Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)16th President of the United States
The question will naturally be raised, Why shouldthere be another Life of Lincoln? This may be metby a counter question, Will there ever be a time inthe near future when there will
be another Lifeof Lincoln? There is always a new class of students and a new enrolment of citizens. Everyyear many thousands of young people pass fromthe Grammar to the High School grade of ourpublic schools. Other thousands are growing up
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into manhood and womanhood. These are of adifferent constituency from their fathers andgrandfathers who remember the civil war and wereperhaps in it.“To the younger generation,” writes Carl Schurz,“Abraham Lincoln has already become a half mythical figure, which, in the haze of historicdistance, grows to more and more heroicproportions, but also loses in distinctness of outline and figure.” The last clause of this remark is painfully true. To the majority of people nowliving, his outline and figure are dim and vague.There are to-day professors and presidents of colleges, legislators of prominence, lawyers and judges, literary men, and successful business men,to whom Lincoln is a tradition. It cannot beexpected that a person born after the year (say)1855, could remember Lincoln more than as aname. Such an one’s ideas are made up not fromhis remembrance and appreciation of events asthey occurred, but from what he has read andheard about them in subsequent years.The great mine of information concerning the factsof Lincoln’s life is, and probably will always be,the History by his secretaries, Nicolay and Hay.This is worthily supplemented by the splendid
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volumes of Miss Tarbell. There are otherbiographies of great value. Special mention shouldbe made of the essay by Carl Schurz, which isclassic.The author has consulted freely all the books onthe subject he could lay his hands on. In thisvolume there is no attempt to write a history of thetimes in which Lincoln lived and worked. Suchhistorical events as have been narrated wereselected solely because they illustrated some phaseof the character of Lincoln. In this biography thesingle purpose has been to present the living manwith such distinctness of outline that the readermay have a sort of feeling of being acquaintedwith him. If the reader, finishing this volume, hasa vivid realization of Lincoln as a man, the authorwill be fully repaid.To achieve this purpose in brief compass, muchhas been omitted. Some of the material omittedhas probably been of a value fully equal to somethat has been inserted. This could not well beavoided. But if the reader shall here acquireinterest enough in the subject to continue the studyof this great, good man, this little book will haveserved its purpose.
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