Cover

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Book Title

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Copyright Page

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Foreword

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pp. v-vi

This is an American classic. It is a book written from the heart about the turning point in a great life. It was at New Salem that Abraham Lincoln for the first time learned to live with people. This was the first organized community in which he had a part. He...

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Preface

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pp. vii-xii

For many years the surroundings in which Lincoln spent his boyhood, youth, and early manhood were looked upon as drab, sordid, uninspiring; as an obstacle that he in some mysterious manner succeeded in surmounting. As time went on, however, historians saw the frontier as a major factor in molding our...

Contents

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List of Illustrations

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Map: The New Salem Community

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pp. 2-3

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Part One: New Salem

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pp. 5-57

The outstanding feature of Lincoln's life was his capacity for development. Neither a born genius nor a man of mediocre talents suddenly endowed with wisdom to guide the nation through the trials of civil war, he developed gradually, absorbing from his...

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Part Two: Lincoln at New Salem

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pp. 59-136

One day in late April 1831 a crowd gathered on the river bank near the New Salem mill. They were watching four men working over a flatboat that had stranded on the dam. The men had tried to float the boat over the dam, but halfway across it had stuck. Now, with its bow raised in the air and

Map: New Salem, Illinois 1829-1839

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pp. 138-139

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Part Three: New Salem Restored

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pp. 141-166

Salem, indeed, is desolate," observed a traveler along the road to Petersburg in 1847. "Once it was a busy, thriving place. It is (or was) situated upon a high bluff, overlooking the Sangamon river and the country for some distance around. What rollicking times were there some ten years...

Index

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pp. 167-171

Back Cover

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