Lincoln S New Salem

Author: Benjamin P. Thomas
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 1787204049
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Originally published in 1956, in this book Benjamin P. Thomas tells the story of the village where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1831 to 1837. His three-part examination of the village often referred to as Lincoln’s “Alma Mater” features the founding and early history of New Salem, Lincoln’s impact on the village and its effect on him, and the story of the Lincoln legend and the reconstruction of the town. Thomas argues convincingly that New Salem was the town where Lincoln acquired faith in himself, faith in people. At 22 the future president drifted into town seeking to become a blacksmith. Thomas introduces us to the people who created New Salem and who knew, influenced, and befriended Lincoln. Thomas highlights Lincoln’s arrival, his relationships with his neighbors, his important wrestling match with Jack Armstrong, his self-education, his quiet career as an Indian fighter, his experience as a postmaster largely indifferent to postal regulations, his financial woes as a businessman, his loyal friends who often came to his aid, and his election to the legislature. This colorful history closes with a discussion of the Lincoln legend. The truth of the stories is unimportant. What matters is that the growing Lincoln legend prompted the gradual realization that New Salem was not a dismal mire from which President Lincoln had had to extricate himself but was, in fact, an energizing force. This realization led to research and finally to the restoration of New Salem, which began in 1932. “No other portion of Lincoln’s life lends itself so readily to intensive study of his environment as do his six years at New Salem.”—Benjamin P. Thomas, Foreword

New Salem A History Of Lincoln S Alma Mater

Author: Joseph M. Di Cola, Foreword by Terry W. Jones
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1467136204
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In 1829, eleven years after Illinois became the twenty-first state, New Salem was founded on a bluff above the Sangamon River. The village provided an essential sanctuary for a friendless, penniless boy named Abraham Lincoln, whose six years there shaped his education and nurtured his ambition. Eclipsed by the neighboring settlement of Petersburg, New Salem had dwindled into a ghost town by 1840. However, it reemerged in the early part of the twentieth century as one of the most successful preservation efforts in American history. Author Joseph Di Cola relates the full story of New Salem's fascinating heritage.

Picture Guide Book Of New Salem State Park

Author: Fern Nance Pond
Publisher: Forgotten Books
ISBN: 9780266772101
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Excerpt from Picture Guide Book of New Salem State Park: Lincoln's New Salem, Illinois Strangely the six years that Lincoln spent in New Salem almost completely encompass the town's brief history. The com munity was growing and thriving when Lincoln reached there in 1831, but in 1839. Just two years after he had left for Spring field to practice law and advance himself in the fascinating maze of politics the county seat was established at nearby Petersburg. Thereafter New Salem declined rapidly. The village fell into decay and neglect, but while it settled into the dust, the Lincoln legend grew. And as the image of Lincoln became brighter in the Nation's consciousness. Interest turned back to this deserted spot where he spent six formative years. The first active step toward re-creating New Salem came in 1906 when William Randolph Hearst lecturing at the Old Salem Chautauqua near Petersburg, became interested in the preser vation of the site. Bought it, and transfered it in trust to the Chautauqua Association. In 1917, the Old Salem Lincoln League was formed in Petersburg to carry on research and keep alive interest in New Salem. In 1918, with the consent of Mr. Hearst, the land was transferred to the State of Illinois. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.