Abe's Youth: Shaping the Future President

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Indiana University Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

William E. "Bill" Bartelt is a Lincoln historian and author of There I Grew Up: Remembering Abraham Lincoln's Indiana Youth and other books. For many years Bartelt worked as a ranger and historian at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. He is a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Association and the Indiana Historical Society, and received the Indiana Historical Society's "Hoosier Historian" award in 2003.
Joshua A. Claybourn is an attorney and author or editor of several books, including Our American Story: The Search for a Shared National Narrative. A widely published commentator on legal, political, and historical topics, Claybourn has also appeared as a guest on CNN, MSNBC, and NHK. He is a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Association.


"Abe's Youth is positively fascinating, and not just for those who are interested in Abraham Lincoln. This book in many ways provides a history of the first 100 years of Spencer County, IN."--Kathy Tretter, The Spencer County Leader

"The editors have at last made easily available a host of sources, barely known or unknown even to Lincoln experts, and this compactness alone provides their purpose. Yet for the casual reader interested in the springtime of Lincoln's life, these now-uncovered tales also trot along at a summertime clip. It is fine reading -- what Herndon missed, the Indiana historians found. Among these 30 short sections, we find rich clues to such questions as 'Why did Lincoln become a Henry Clay Whig rather than an Andrew Jackson Democrat?' and 'Was his background a burden, or an inspiration, to his later greatness?' Women like Ida Tarbell and Bess V. Ehrmann; men like John Iglehart and Roscoe Kiper now blaze our path anew. Here you will even find precise details from a settler on how to make a fire, and the fascinating terms those folk used for the tools. "--James M. Cornelius, Ph.D., Editor, Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association

"William Bartelt and Joshua Claybourn have done Lincoln scholars and the general public an immensely valuable service. Aware of both the value and the limitations of the Lincoln Inquiry's evidence regarding Lincoln's Hoosier roots, they have here produced a careful, meticulous and balanced volume of primary source material that will be indispensable for anyone who wishes to investigate Lincoln's Indiana years."--Brian Dirck, Professor of History, Anderson University, and author of Lincoln in Indiana

"Abe's Youth offers a fascinating, in-depth examination of the future president and the time and environment in which he grew up."--Johnson County Historical Society

"Abe's Youth provides a convenient way to access some of the important work of the Indiana Lincoln Inquiry."--Indiana Magazine of History