|Title:||Lincoln's New Salem|
|Publisher:||The Abraham Lincoln Association|
|Tags:||history, non-fiction, U.S.A.|
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. In recent years, however, American history has come to be interpreted largely in terms of the influence of the frontier as a factor in moulding our institutions and national character. With this interpretation comes a new conception of Lincoln as in a measure a product of his frontier environment.
The New Salem period of Lincoln’s life has been difficult to treat with certainty, because the evidence is largely traditional in character. To exclude this type of evidence would make the story bare and incomplete. But by use of additional sources hitherto overlooked or unknown we have been able to use it with more discrimination, and to treat the Lincoln story and also the history of the village with more completeness and authenticity than was possible heretofore.--Foreward. [Suggest a different description.]
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