Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words
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Long before he was our beloved president, Abraham Lincoln was known for his smarts and his knee-slapping humor. In 1842, that got him into a heap of trouble. When he clashed with James Shields, a political rival, Lincoln came up with a rascally plan.
It was silly.
It was clever.
It was a great big mistake.
Shields challenged Lincoln to a duel!
Lincoln would need his wit and a healthy dose of humility to save his career—and even his life.
A rare look at the more human side of Abraham Lincoln and how the lessons he learned made him a better man.
Blurb: “A rollicking story, well told with all the original color.”
–James M. Cornelius, Ph.D., Curator, Lincoln Collection
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
Stay tuned for the curriculum guide—complete with character education connections.
Reviews and Accolades:
“Bowman’s upbeat telling is infused with folksy humor, and Schindler’s superb watercolor-and-ink illustrations effectively capture the time period” —Kirkus Reviews
“Lively, engaging… Bowman’s conversational, folksy reader-directed paragraphs incorporate droll, dramatic, and suspenseful touches that will likely hold readers’ interest…Schindler’s intricate, expressive watercolor-and-ink illustrations lend further vibrancy.” —Booklist
“Bowman adds levity and appeal through the use of a Midwestern dialect, second-person point of view, and figurative language that readily evokes time and place. Schindler’s illustrations, done in watercolor and ink, are a perfect accompaniment to this moralistic story.”—School Library Journal (lovely review, but let me correct that the dialect is southern, not midwestern, and there is direct address, not second-person pov.)
A Book and a Hug review excerpt: “This would make a great read-aloud around Presidents’ Day or any day when you are discussing reputation, getting along with others, honesty, American history, problem-solving or as a prequel to the American Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation.”
Interviews regarding Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling words:
Read the cover reveal on Cynsations
******Click here to see the Select Sources and Quotation Sources for Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words.
Click on the links below for even more information about the Lincoln-Shields duel:
- My working timeline for Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words
- The history of Bloody Island—the Mississippi River location of the Lincoln-Shields duel
- 19th-Century Dueling Terms.
- What Sparked the Lincoln-Shields Duel & Lincoln’s Unusual Fight Terms
- The gentleman’s code of conduct. There was a reason for all that hat-tipping and formality.
- The Lincoln-Shields Duel Sparks Two Other Duels
- James Shields and his Working Relationship with Lincoln Before and During the Civil War
- Conversation starters about character and integrity
- My onsite and digital research journey
- Reading of the Nicolay and Hay 1890 Account of the Lincoln-Shields Duel
Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words is featured on Publisher’s Spotlight showcase on Kidlit TV. See the video here.