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Lincoln: A Photobiography (1987)

by Russell Freedman

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Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.
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This book combines primary sources into a complete biography about the life of Abraham Lincoln. Pictures include primary photographs, paintings, and original documents. The photographs are all in black and white and include the earliest known photograph of Abraham Lincoln. The author includes text evidence to share the life story of this US President. It is an award winning nonfiction book containing pictures and information that is new to many readers. For readers who want to learn more, the author includes a list of sources used in the book as well as a list of other accurate books about Lincoln. This book won the Newberry Medal.
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  OakGrove-KFA | Mar 28, 2020 |
This books gives different excerpts from things that were written by Abraham Lincoln, and there are photographs that captured different times in Lincoln's life. Throughout the story there are different parts that talk more about Lincoln and the things that he did for America. The book truly captures Lincoln's life in many different ways, and helps the reader gain a bigger perspective through the photographs that are put in the book. This book is intended for grades 2-3 and this book can be used in social studies or history and is great to give students a bigger perspective on Abraham Lincoln and the things he did for the country.This can be used as a reference by students when it comes to researching more about Abraham Lincoln and his contributions to American history. ( )
  sdb064 | Mar 1, 2020 |
I never thought a biography of a president could ever surprise me, but this one definitely did. Even with my love of history, I expected to be bored with Lincoln: A Photobiography due to it's being geared towards children. I couldn't have been more wrong. It's written with the middle-grade student in mind, but is easily fascinating for adults. The combination of written information with photographs made the book much more informative. Winning the Newbery Award in 1988, it mixes the lesser known facts with the basics about this great man, creating an informative, but engrossing read. ( )
  BookishHooker | Dec 16, 2019 |
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Abraham Lincoln wasn't the sort of man who could lose himself in a crowd.
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"In all my interviews with Mr. Lincoln," Douglass said later, "I was impressed with his entire freedom from popular prejudice against the colored race. He was the first great man that I talked with in the United States freely, who in no single instance reminded me of the difference between himself and myself, of the difference of color, and I thought that all more remarkable because he came from a state where there were black laws."
As president, he had been denounced, ridiculed, and damned by a legion of critics. When he saw an article that complimented him, he often kept it.
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Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.

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This book describes Lincoln's early childhood on the frontier, his career as a lawyer, his rise in politics, and obstacles he faced a president. Freedman provides many photographs and sketches to help readers better understand the historical context.
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Lincoln: A Photobiography surely does seem to give an honest, factual representation of our 16th President.  Just as the author readily admits, Abraham Lincoln suffered from depression but found joy in humor.  The pictures seem to tell a story themselves.  The four comparative photographs of Lincoln in each of his four years of office show, “how the pressures and anxieties of the war became etched in his face.” (116)  This is an excellent resource for middle school children doing research on Lincoln.  It is also an excellent read for in general due to its fantastic collection of pictures.  To get excited, students and teachers alike should check out Steven Spielberg’s trailer for the upcoming film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiSAbA...

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