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Abraham Lincoln: The Making of America, Book 3

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Compelling, engaging, and nuanced biography of Honest Abe.

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Well-written, compelling, and at times moving, this short but comprehensive biography serves as a perfect introduction to Lincoln. It also reflects the rich work done by historians to uncover the complicated man behind the legend. Author Teri Kanefield clearly did an immense amount of research for the book, and her ability to summarize heated debates between historians and describe the current consensus of scholars makes Abraham Lincoln incredibly useful for young readers who want to look beneath the surface at the true dynamics at play in one of the most difficult times in the United States' tumultuous history.

Full of images, photographs, and drawings from primary sources like Harper's Weekly Magazine, the Making of America series continues to set the standard for engaging, educational writing about historical figures that may not be well-described in middle school textbooks. For any student interested in the Civil War or learning about 19th-century U.S. history, this biography is an excellent place to start.

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