5 Stars Out Of 5
invaluable aid for studying Lincoln's times
May 6, 2017
Wayne S. Walker
Who was the United States greatest President? Many people would quickly answer, Abraham Lincoln. This 1945 Newbery Honor Title, originally published in 1944, is not just a biography of Lincoln, but an example of author Genevieve Fosters masterful display of horizontal history by telling the story of world events in the geo-political sphere, while giving as much importance to advances in science, medicine, music, literature, and exploration, all centered around the life of a specific individual. After a short introduction about Lincolns background and birth, the five main sections explain what was going on in the world while Abe Lincoln was a boy romping the woods of Kentucky, while he was helping his father chop wood in Indiana, while he was keeping shop in New Salem, while he was a lawyer in Springfield, and while he served as President, with snippets of Lincolns activities woven in.
Foster once wrote, Nothing is more critical, I believe, than that children growing up in these critical explosive days should be given an understanding of American history as a part of the history of the world. Abraham Lincolns World would serve as an invaluable aid to any students study of the times in which Lincoln lived. And the book makes the information interesting to read because it presents the events in story form instead of a dry, dusty list of facts. The new expanded edition includes additional material provided by the authors daughter, Joanna Foster. Other Newbery Honor Books by Genevieve Foster are George Washingtons World (1942), George Washington (1950), and Birthdays of Freedom, Vol. 1 (1953). Other similar books by the same author include Augustus Caesars World: A Story of Ideas and Events from B.C. 44 to 14 A.D. (1947), The World of Captain John Smith (1959), The World of Columbus and Sons (1965), and The World of William Penn (1973).