Life Behind the Legend

Lincoln's journey from the frontier to Ford's Theatre

From his obscure birth to his shocking death, Abraham Lincoln provided all the ingredients for a myth that grows with each passing generation. A hardworking, self-taught farm boy grows up to become President, leads the nation through a wrenching cataclysm and is killed at the moment of victory.

Behind those bare facts are many Lincolns: lawyer, master politician, storyteller, warrior, jokester and man of near constant sorrow.

General WilliamT. Sherman, no soft touch, provides one epitaph: "Of all the men I ever met, he seemed to possess more of the elements of greatness, combined with goodness, than any other."

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