Title: Voyages: Reminiscences of Young Abe Lincoln
Author: Neil Waldman
Publisher: Calkins Creek
Concepts: slavery, human resources
Review: As a young man, Abraham Lincoln took several trips in a flatboat along three U.S. rivers: the Ohio, the Sangamon, and the great Mississippi. Those trips proved instrumental not only in the development of Lincoln’s skills as a navigator and laborer, but also in his own education about the treatment of African people in the U.S. slave market. He became keenly aware of his hatred of slavery during these voyages, the shame he felt as a young man incapable of ending the abuses he witnessed, and his conviction to work in the longer term toward a democracy absent of slavery. Neil Waldman’s carefully-researched book, with stunning illustrations that convey the feeling of Lincoln’s experiences, provides a unique opportunity for middle grade readers to learn more about why Lincoln worked so tirelessly as President to end the institution of slavery in the United States.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children