Lincoln “by littles”

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Lincoln “by littles”

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“Abraham Lincoln seldom got the chance to go to school. He went to school “by littles,” he said, and received fewer than 12 months of schooling.”

“In the untrammeled interior of the mind s eye, young Lincoln followed his unrestrained desire to explore new intellectual worlds, even the world of American history, of politics, of law. There, in the frictionless world of thought and fantasy, young Abraham Lincoln found the freedom, the vocation, the solace he yearned for, unshackled from the irremediable, unrequited, hard labor of farmer and village artisan.”

“Mr. Lincoln made American politics not only a struggle for personal power and prestige, but instead, a campaign of just ideas, a battle of first principles, a vindication of right-minded policy.”

“The self-tutored lawyer from Illinois could not understand those ‘don’t care’ politicians, such as Senator Stephen A. Douglas, who pretended indifference to involuntary servitude.”

“For Lincoln, there could be no retreat from the fundamental principles of the Declaration of Independence.”

“Lincoln was ambitious to use government to good effect. Government, he said, should enable men and women to do the things they cannot do, or do so well, for themselves in order to develop their freedom, their future, and their country.”