Lincoln of Kentucky

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"Young Abraham Lincoln and his family joined the migration over the Ohio River, but it was Kentucky--the state of his birth--that shaped his personality and continued to affect his life. His wife was from the commonwealth, as were each of the other women with whom he had romantic relationships. Henry Clay was his political idol; Joshua Speed of Farmington, near Louisville, was his lifelong best friend; and all three of his law partners were Kentuckians. During the Civil War, Lincoln is reputed to have said, ""I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky."" He recognized Kentucky's importance as the bellwether of the four loyal slave states and accepted the commonwealth's illegal neutrality until Unionists secured firm control of the state government. Lowell Harrison emphasizes the particular skill and delicacy with which Lincoln handled the problems of a loyal slave state populated by a large number of Confederate sympathizers. It was not until decades later that Kentuckians fully recognized Lincoln's greatness and paid homage to their native son.

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"An outstanding work that sheds new light, brings people and events alive, and provides the deeper understanding of the problems and challenges of Lincoln and Kentuckians in the Civil War."--James A. Ramage

“A valuable addition to the great volume of work on one of our greatest presidents. It will please anyone interested in Lincoln, the Civil War or Kentucky history.”—Bowling Green Daily News

“An interesting and convincing account that shows that Kentucky has a legitimate right to claim the rich legacy of perhaps our country’s greatest president.”—Bourbon Times

“A fascinating and interesting account of Lincoln the boy, Lincoln the young man, Lincoln the politician, Lincoln the president, Lincoln the husband and father, and Lincoln the Kentuckian.”—Louisville Voice-Tribune

“Covers Lincoln’s background in Kentucky and his lifelong association with the state of his birth in a professional and entertaining manner. His work is well researched.”—Louisville Courier-Journal

“Shows that despite Kentucky’s apparent wariness of Lincoln during his lifetime, the state can make a claim to his rich legacy.”—McCormick (SC) Messenger

“This well-written volume will appeal to general readers who seek an introduction of the life of Abraham Lincoln and to how a border state fared during this national calamity.”—Journal of Illinois History

About the Author:

Lowell H. Harrison, professor emeritus of history from Western Kentucky University, is the co-author of A New History of Kentucky and author of several books including The Civil War in Kentucky.

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