Lincoln: A Photobiography Book Summary and Study Guide

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Freedman's biography of Abraham Lincoln transcends the typical juvenile biography by incorporating features typically associated with adult biography. He quotes from primary sources and portrays Lincoln in a fair and balanced approach, discussing Lincoln's faults as well as his contributions. He begins by contrasting legends about Lincoln with the facts themselves. Especially helpful are the sections at the end of the book that include excerpts from Lincoln's speeches, a list of historical sites associated with Lincoln, and a list of books about Lincoln. Freedman writes in a straight forward style and includes well known and lesser known photographs, drawings, and cartoons to illustrate the detailed text. This innovative biography won the 1988 Newberry Book Award.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   politician Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 8-10 Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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