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Lincoln "by littles"
by Lewis E. Lehrman

Excerpts from Lincoln "by littles":

"Abraham Lincoln seldom got the chance to go to school. He went to school "by littles," he said, and received fewer than 12 months of schooling."

"In the untrammeled interior of the mind s eye, young Lincoln followed his unrestrained desire to explore new intellectual worlds, even the world of American history, of politics, of law. There, in the frictionless world of thought and fantasy, young Abraham Lincoln found the freedom, the vocation, the solace he yearned for, unshackled from the irremediable, unrequited, hard labor of farmer and village artisan."

Mr. Lincoln and New York Feature
The Cooper Union Speech

Abraham Lincoln's Classroom Feature
The old bull dog on the right track
The old bull dog on the right track

Abraham Lincoln's Cooper Union Address
The stakes were high for Abraham Lincoln's first political speech in New York City � and the first one in the East since he had left Congress more than a decade before.
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Draft Riot Map
Introduction | Mr. Lincoln�s Visits | New Yorkers | New York Politics | Library
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