Abraham Lincoln's Dueling Words

Abraham Lincoln's Dueling Words
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Age Range
6+
Release Date
April 01, 2018
ISBN
978-1561458523
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As a young lawyer, Abraham Lincoln was known for his sense of humor. But in 1842, he did something so rascally--so downright mean--he was challenged to a duel. Lincoln needed his wit and a healthy dose of humility to save his life and his career. He didn't know it at the time, but the future of this great country was at stake. Ultimately, what he referred to as the meanest thing he had ever done, taught Lincoln to be a better man.

Donna Janell Bowman's humorous voice and S.D. Schindler's expressive illustrations are the perfect match for this story of Abraham Lincoln's humor and wit, while the story itself works well to support character education. Back matter includes an author's note, sources, and a link to expanded content and the complete bibliography.

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Lincoln's Almost-Duel
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
'Abraham Lincoln's Dueling Words' by Donna Janell Bowman, illustrated by S.D. Schindler, brings to light a not-so-well-known piece of history - a scrape that Lincoln got himself into due to his choice of humor. The almost-duel between Lincoln and James Shields could have cost him quite a bit. His life and his career could both have been in danger.

Lincoln's humility saved him in the end, providing readers with an important moral to the story after they read how and why the duel was set in the first place. Sometimes giving in and seeing the error of one's ways can help in making that person see the light and find the right path to being the bigger person.

Lincoln is remembered as a great man and president, and much of this is due to the way he handled himself throughout life, being kind and making tough decisions that furthered so much in United States history. His decision in the almost-duel that ended the potential danger that could have ensued was part of what shaped him into the man remembered today. All people can find a way to shape themselves into who they think they should be, just as Lincoln did. It only takes a solid dose of knowing how to swallow one's pride when the going gets tough, just as our sixteenth president teaches us to do through Bowman's storytelling.
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All people can find a way to shape themselves into who they think they should be, just as Lincoln did. It only takes a solid dose of knowing how to swallow one's pride when the going gets tough, just as our sixteenth president teaches us to do through Donna Janell Bowman's storytelling.
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