EMANCIPATION FROM LINCOLN A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY BY RUSSELL FREEDMAN PDF

Items borrowed from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan are dependent on the policies of the lending library. This Newbery Medal-winning biography of our Civil War president is warm, appealing, and illustrated with dozens of carefully chosen photographs and prints. Russell Freedman begins with a lively account of Abraham Lincoln's boyhood, his career as a country lawyer, and his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd. Then the author focuses on the presidential years to , skillfullly explaining the many complex issues Lincoln grappled with as he led a deeply divided nation through the Civil War.

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By Russell Freedman. Age 9 and up. IN ''Lincoln: A Photobiography,'' Russell Freedman has succeeded in writing a well-balanced book - no small achievement, considering that some modern historians are still coming up with new visions and revisions about the 16th President's political and personal motives.

Indeed, several revisionist academics have advanced the incredible theory that Lincoln really wanted the Civil War, with its , casualties, in order to eclipse the Founding Fathers and insure his own place in the pantheon of great Presidents.

The book has won the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, the first nonfiction book to be selected in over 30 years.

Freedman, who has written a number of nonfiction books on aspects of American history for young people, including ''Indian Chiefs,'' has done his research, visiting the Lincoln sites in Illinois and elsewhere as well as some of the Civil War battlefields. Apparently he has also immersed himself in the literature by and about the President. The author has faced the problem of any children's book writer who deals with a complex subject - do you talk up or down?

For example, on the central question of Lincoln's attitude toward slavery, he begins long before the Emancipation Proclamation. As a year-old Illinois state legislator, Lincoln recorded his belief that slavery was ''founded on both injustice and bad policy.

Again, 10 years later, Lincoln kindled those ideas and made them glow brightly during his seven debates with Senator Stephen A. Lincoln's arguments were made on moral as well as legal grounds, and they are spelled out and recalled by the author. I hold that he is as much entitled to these as the white man. Here and there, Mr. Freedman omits some needed perspective for his modern young readers of all races.

In , Lincoln spoke incendiary words during the debates; today, after civil rights legislation that took another century to pass, and judicial decisions upholding desegregation, the words seem relatively mild. But the author has to be praised for avoiding a number of pitfalls: he has not made too much of the Ann Rutledge legend that she was Lincoln's one true love; he has not turned Mary Lincoln into a monster, although conceding that the marriage had its difficulties; he has given Lincoln credit for being an intelligent lawyer instead of a country bumpkin; and he has not built up the assassination into some kind of national plot.

There is useful material at the end of this well-designed photobiography, including a sampler of Lincoln's language, a list of places to visit, such as the reconstructed village of New Salem, Ill. View on timesmachine. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions.

Age 9 and up IN ''Lincoln: A Photobiography,'' Russell Freedman has succeeded in writing a well-balanced book - no small achievement, considering that some modern historians are still coming up with new visions and revisions about the 16th President's political and personal motives. Home Page World U.

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Lincoln: A Photobiography

Oct 14, Minutes Middle Grade Buy. Oct 14, Minutes Middle Grade Abraham Lincoln stood out in a crowd as much for his wit and rollicking humor as for his height. Here is a warm, appealing biography of our Civil War president. Then the author focuses on the presidential years to , skillfully explaining the many complex issues Lincoln grappled with as he led a deeply divided nation through the Civil War.

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This writer presents a well-organized cause-and-effect essay with elaboration, effective vocabulary, and a clear writing style. Abraham Lincoln's understanding of the huge stakes involved in the Emancipation Proclamation caused him to make the statement above. The effect of the Emancipation Proclamation was a major change in the ways of a great nation. From reading Lincoln, A Photobiography by Russell Freedman, we see that there were many causes for the Emancipation Proclamation and that it had important results. However, it was one of the many tough decision Lincoln had to make alone because his generals would not make them during the American Civil War. At first, Lincoln wanted to ignore slavery because it was so controversial. Lincoln just wanted to keep the states as one united nation.

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Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman

By Russell Freedman. Age 9 and up. IN ''Lincoln: A Photobiography,'' Russell Freedman has succeeded in writing a well-balanced book - no small achievement, considering that some modern historians are still coming up with new visions and revisions about the 16th President's political and personal motives. Indeed, several revisionist academics have advanced the incredible theory that Lincoln really wanted the Civil War, with its , casualties, in order to eclipse the Founding Fathers and insure his own place in the pantheon of great Presidents. The book has won the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, the first nonfiction book to be selected in over 30 years. Freedman, who has written a number of nonfiction books on aspects of American history for young people, including ''Indian Chiefs,'' has done his research, visiting the Lincoln sites in Illinois and elsewhere as well as some of the Civil War battlefields.

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