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Abraham Lincoln's boyhood log cabin home in Knob Creek, Kentucky

Abraham Lincoln's Frontier Childhood Was Filled With Hardship

Abraham Lincoln summed up his early years on the frontier in Kentucky and Indiana as "the short and simple annals of the poor." But the hardships he endured there as a youth weren’t unique. Life was harsh for most frontier families in the early 1800s. “Life on the frontier was ...read more

A dinner of society people at Delmonico's restaurant in New York City in 1899.

How Robber Barons Flaunted Their Money During the Gilded Age

During the Gilded Age—the decades between the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the turn of the century—the explosive growth of factories, steel mills and railroads driven by the Second Industrial Revolution made a small, elite class of businessmen incredibly rich. By 1890, the ...read more

The national game. Three "outs" and one "run"

Abraham Lincoln Excelled in Wrestling—What Other Sports Did He Play?

During Abraham Lincoln’s final year in Springfield, Illinois, in 1860, before he was elected America's 16th president, folks would sometimes observe him in shirtsleeves, engaged in a fast-paced game of “Fives” with other young men in a vacant lot just off the public square. The ...read more