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Did Lincoln Own Slaves?: And Other Frequently Asked Questions about Abraham Lincoln

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Our most revered president gets a unique and uniquely engaging biography fashioned from the answers to the most frequent—and most unusual and surprising—questions asked about Abraham Lincoln.

What kind of law did Lincoln practice? Did he imprison his political enemies? What was it in his youth that put him on the path to greatness? These are some of the hundreds of questio
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Published February 5th 2008 by Tantor Media (first published January 1st 2008)
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Feb 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*John Bradford lent a female slave named Ruth Burns (indentured) to the lincolns, but he never owned any slaves. They did hire servants for low wages.

"The Illinois Supreme Court had ruled that indentured servants could be bought, sold, inherited, or otherwise alienated like other forms of property."

"The Lincolns paid so little to their servant that she might as well have been a slave."

*Thomas Jefferson was a slaveholder who fathered children by one of his slaves

*George Washington owned slaves.

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Mel
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
pg. 90 "You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves." Ronald Reagan 1992 erroneously attributed to Lincoln.
pg. 172 Lincoln didn't believe the Constitution gave the federal gov. the authority to interfere with "domestic" arrangements within the states, including slavery."... "wer
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Michelle
Mar 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
his is a nice bullet point read that is more a refresher if you've ever read more than a couple histories on Abe! I was also curious to see what people tend to ask. This is not, by any means, a comprehensive view, but the writer -- Gerald Prokopowicz -- seems amiable enough. I got it because I was reading my Kindle when a show came on the History Channel about how long it too Lincoln's body to finally be safe and at rest. People wanted to steal the body, he was occasionally hidden on the basemen ...more
Jennifer Daniel
An excellent, meticulously researched book full of all the Lincoln information you need to have a well rounded knowledge of the man. De-bunks many of the myths that surround the 16th president and gives an honest, not always perfect, picture of who he really was. As to did he own slaves, figure it out yourself. Here's a hint, Indiana and Illinois were never slave states. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm...........
Kelly
Apr 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Tribune columnist Eric Zorn recommends. Great book! Not a scholarly biography by any means, but rather a collection of the most commonly asked questions about Lincoln from a Lincoln scholar and former Lincoln museum historian. The author did a particularly good job with the two current questions of popular interest -- was Lincoln an atheist? Was Lincoln gay? Presented in a Q&A format.
Anna Porter
Apr 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
I liked the Q&A style of the book, it was informative and gave just enough information to be interesting but not overwhelming. The "additional suggested reading" sections were a great resource for parts I was more interested in.
Ju_jane
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book to relax while learning few facts about one of the greatest minds of history.
Cynthia Leto
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Historically humorous. Good read. Not into history but this book had me engaged.
Abraham Ray
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
nice history book about abraham lincoln
Chana Masaledar
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Virtually any question you may have about Lincoln is answered here, as well as many questions you might not even think to ask. Highly recommended.
Kimberly
I think this could have a better title.
Craig
Nothing earthshakingly new in here, but some good information that could translate well into the classroom, especially an interpretation of Lincoln's views on slavery using his speeches.
Jaimee
Feb 07, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Just beginning... Author is the host of a brilliant podcast show called Civil War Talk Radio.
Jamie
Feb 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny that the most frequently asked question about Honest Abe is was Lincoln gay?!
Linda
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the most often asked questions (I guess). The most interesting part of the book were the facts about the assassination..
Jose
Jun 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good starter if you haven't read anything on lincoln. Lincoln is not gay, and didn't own slaves....Audio book version
Janis
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in Q&A format and chockfull of fascinating facts -- a friendly tone combined with good scholarship.
Jay
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


A fun and balanced question-and-answer book about Lincoln. My 12 year old will pull this off the shelf and peruse its pages. Excellent.
Mike
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listening to the audio version greatly helped pass the time while traveling over the holidays. Nothing new for the advanced Lincoln reader, but an interesting listen.
Jill Simm
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an easy read geared towards people who are not Lincoln historians. Fun to hear the kinds of questions that people ask. This book covers a lot of territory.
Doug Ebeling
Really enjoyable way to learn about Lincoln, with lots of references to great books for more information
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