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Mike Cooling 12/1/19 US History Abraham Lincoln In the beginning the book talks about Abraham Lincoln’s early life. Lincoln was born in Kentucky to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks (1). Then the family moved to Indiana, scholars believe part of it was because of Lincolns’ dislike of slavery but, was more likely the poor property laws in Kentucky (2). Both of Lincoln’s parents were illiterate but his sister Sarah and him would attend school. Abraham’s mother’s aunt and husband moved into their house but shortly after both of them and his mother died of “milk sick.” In Lincolns teen years he helped his family move again this time got paid for the help. He also went to New Orleans and saw a slave trade and this can lead to Lincoln’s dislike of slavery. Also, when living with his father Lincoln would read which his father didn’t understand why and thought is was lazy since he wasn’t working in the field. In the second section it starts out by talking about Lincoln’s party affiliations. He was part of the Whig party and was a fan of Henry Clay’s (9). Then it goes on to talk more about his love life. He fell in love with this woman named Mary Todd. They got engaged but it was broken off. This led Lincoln’s depression to get worse. After the death of his mother and others he loved this added on top made him very upset. Thing did get better because Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln did get married and had four children. They would sometimes not get along due to Lincoln’s moodiness and Todd’s temper. In 1841 he retired from state legislative and when into practicing law (11). Lincoln was great at being a lawyer since he could connect with the jury so well. Lincoln’s law practice wasn’t enough for him so he when back into politics and was a member of congress for one term (13). A majority of his time spent in congress the main issue that was brought up was the Mexican-American war. Lincoln took the stance that the Whig party had and through bills Lincoln tried to pass it gave him the nickname “Spotty Lincoln.” After he wasn’t reelected for another term, he went back to practicing law. He won two big cases for the

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