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Lincoln's Springfield still reveals the flesh-and-blood man
Lincoln's Springfield still reveals the flesh-and-blood man

While hogs wallowed in the muddy, unpaved streets, the tall, young man rode a borrowed horse into the town on the edge of the Midwestern prairie. The year was 1837. This was Springfield, soon to become the new capital of Illinois. Years later, the horseback rider was to become the town's most famous citizen. Though Abraham Lincoln is best known for his accomplishments in the White House, a trip to Springfield reveals a more human texture to the man: his almost 25 years as a successful lawyer, his family life and his developing political career. The man of marble turns into flesh and blood. The story about the legendary 16th president is well known. Upon his death in April 149...

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