Carl Sandburg. 1626.
Why read it? Portrays vividly the developing thoughts of young
Sample quotes and ideas:
“Was he thinking of the Kentucky father whose two sons died in battle, one in Union blue, the other in Confederate gray, the father inscribing over their double grave, ‘God knows which was right.’ ” p. 12. ……….
“As a nation, we began by declaring, ‘All men are created equal, except Negroes.’ ” p. 14. ……….
“…I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense to loving liberty.” p. 14.
“Supposing all could be told, it would take a far longer time to tell it than was taken to enact it in live.” p. 18. ……….
Gamaliel Bradford: “He [Lincoln] still smiles and remains impenetrable.” p. 19.
Brazilian Ambassador Joaquin Nabuco: “But whether the spirit of authority, or that of freedom increases, Lincoln’s legend will ever appear more luminous in the amalgamation of centuries, because he supremely incarnated both those spirits.” p. 19. ……….
“It seemed that Abe made books tell him more than they told other people.” p. 38.
To be continued.