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He Knew Lincoln

Ida M. Tarbell

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Nope—never did. Just as I said, we all thought Douglas was our big man. You know I felt kind of sorry for Lincoln when they began to talk about him for President. It seemed almost as if somebody was makin’ fun of him. He didn’t look like a president. I never had seen one, but we had pictures of ’em, all of ’em from George Washington down, and they looked somehow as if they were different kind of timber from us. Leastwise that’s always the way it struck me. Now Mr. Lincoln he was just like your own folks—no trouble to talk to him, no siree. Somehow you just settled down[14] comfortable to visitin’ the minute he come in. I couldn’t imagine George Washington or Thomas Jefferson settin’ here in that chair you’re in tee-heein’ over some blamed yarn of mine. None of us around town took much stock in his bein’ elected at first—that is, none of the men, the women was different. They always. . . Read More

Community Reviews

What a charming series of stories. I came across a much damaged first edition when cleaning out my aunt’s house and knowing Ida Tarbell and being curious about her - kept it. I think she does a great job bringing the personality of Lincoln alive and conveying to kids (and adults) that historical fig

Interesting insight into why Abe Lincoln was so loved and hated.

Hilarious anecdotes about Abraham Lincoln, 2nd hand, written in the 2nd person.


I truly loved this book. It is written with Billy Brown's dialect and makes you feel you are actually there listening to the stories he tells. It's a short read and well worth the time.