Beginning life in a log cabin in Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln has no idea he will end up in the White House. At 9, he takes a dangerous journey up the Ohio River to settle in Indiana with his family. Lincoln, encouraged to educate himself, does so by reading. As a ferryman, an experience with a lawsuit gets him interested in the law. A trip down the Mississippi River to New Orleans brings him into contact with a slave auction and helps shape his feelings against slavery. Abe Lincoln, feeling homely, awkward and unsure of his future, is a modest but ambitious youth, well-liked for his good-humored company but with no idea of how far his ambition will take him.
Part of the Boyhood Series, which chronicles the childhoods of some of America’s most fascinating citizens.
14 minutes • Color