HIST 112
Taylor Brackins
The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Ketcham
Published by: Empire Books

Abraham Lincoln by George Haven Putnam
Published by: CreateSpace Publishing

Taylor Brackins
Dr. Charles
HIST 112
16 March 2016
Abraham Lincoln
The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Ketcham starts in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and concludes after Lincolnís death. Ketcham begins by describing life in the nineteenth century. Lincoln was born in a log cabin in La Rue County, Kentucky in 1809. He lived a simple life with his family in the woods. Lincoln was a tall boy who clothes made of animal fur. He had very little schooling, as schools were hard to come by and there was no literary training. Ketcham goes on to discuss Lincolnís family. Lincoln never focused too much on his genealogy. At the age of ten, Lincolnís mother passed away leaving him and his siblings in the care of his father Thomas. The first few chapters of this book focuses on Lincoln growing into a man. At the end of the fourth chapter, Ketcham states ďLincoln came into the estate of manhood morally clean. He had formed no habits that would cause years of struggle to overcome, he had commited no deed that would bring the blush of shame to his cheek, he was as free from vice as from crime.
The books continue by telling about Lincolnís many jobs. One of which, was sending cargo down to New Orleans. It was then that Lincoln saw the horrors of slavery. At this time, he saw a slave market. Lincoln exclaimed to the other with him, ďBoys, if ever I get a chance to hit that thing (slavery) Iíll hit it hard. He also worked at a store clerk. It was then that he noticed a woman overpaid and he returned the monies back to her. Actions like this the reason why he earned the nickname honest Abe. Lincoln went on to be a civil rights activist, a lawyer, a U.S. represantive, and later in life earned the position of President of the United States.
Abraham Lincoln, served from March 4, 1861 until his assassination. When Lincoln ran for President he opposed the expansion of slavery, which ultimately made him win the Republican Party nomination and later win the Presidency. During his term, he abolished slavery, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and influencing the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1865.
The second book, Abraham Lincoln by George Haven Putnam, starts by remembering Lincoln on the hundredth anniversary of his death. It continues on to briefly speak of Lincolnís childhood describing the little one-roomed log cabin that he grew up in. Putnam explains Lincolnís small library, including Aesopís Fables, Euclidís Geometry, and Weemís Life of Washington. The author goes into detail about how much Lincoln treasured these book, and how he memorized the passages paragraph by paragraph. I think that showed that Lincoln tried to make the most out of the information he had. The book continues to talk about the jobs Lincoln held and discusses the encounter with the Slave Market in New Orleans while he was on one of his jobs.
In 1834, Lincoln presented himself as a candidate for the Assembly. He was defeat. This marked his entrance into politics. He won two years later. In this time, he blossomed into a reasonable and honest man. In 1846, he was elected on to Congress as a Whig. In 1849, Lincoln influenced an invention for lifting vessels over shoals. The book goes on to tell of Lincolnís many battles on Congress against slavery. Lincoln never swayed from his opposition of slavery. Lincoln stated, ďthat a house divided against itself cannot standl this government cannot endure half slave and half free.Ē In 1860, Lincoln was elected President against two southern democrats, Bell and Douglas.
The book proceeds to talk about the first act of the Civil war, the succession of South Carolina. It goes on to speak about the other states succeeding thereafter. In the first argural, Lincoln makes a stand against the south. He states that even if they succeed that they would still be connected to free states, so theyíre slaves are likely to escape and they will ultimately lose then regardless. In 1861, the bombardment of Fort Sumter began the Civil War. The South who was already planning a