History demonstrates Abraham Lincoln’s positive advancements during his presidency could be attributed to his childhood experiences. His beginnings as a poor farmer born in Kentucky to his rise in politics after moving to Illinois and later his Presidency, his story intrigues everyone who reads it. Abraham Lincoln’s presidency is the definition of an ideal American presidency. He is America’s most cherished and beloved President and the greatest known American President in the world. Some presidents represent more than just 4 years in history, but an era. Abraham Lincoln has come to define the expected American presidency. Born February 12, 1809 to parents Tom and Nancy, and his sister, Sarah, Abraham Lincoln grew up in rural Kentucky. His childhood education consisted of going to school in a one room school house for a total number of days that equaled less the one year (Pascal 3). Being the son of a farmer he had to stay home to help on the farm, and on those days his mother taught him and his sister to read and spell. At age seven his family moved from Kentucky to Indiana. His mom passed away two years later. He was only nine. For the next year his sister took over the responsibilities of mom, until his father remarried. Lincoln’s stepmom was Sarah Bush Johnston. She had three children of her own, and they moved in with the Lincolns. They all got along very well. In 1828 at nineteen years old Lincoln and his friend Allen Gentry built a flatboat and sailed down the Mississippi River the New Orleans to sell the Gentry’s produce (Pascal 10). This was the first time northerner Abe saw the African slave markets, and was appalled that southerners thought it was morally appropriate to sell humans for personal gain. In 1830, old enough to live on his own, Lincoln moved to New Salem, Illinois where he worked in a store. While he lived in New Salem, he joined the New Salem Debating Society. While he was in the Debating Society, Lincoln spoke strongly...
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