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Why Lincoln Changed His Approach to Politics

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Why Lincoln Changed His Approach to Politics

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Quick-witted and sharp-tongued, young Lincoln was a natural fit for cruel frontier politics, but when the verbal battles turned physical, he discovered the risks of taking the low road.

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Take an honest look at Honest Abe as Lincoln scholars strip away the saintly image of our 16th president. Abraham Lincoln's now legendary status obscures his true personality, but archival documents now reveal his road to presidency was not as humble as we once believed. And the man the exposed is one who despised his upbringing, taunted his rivals, and nearly poisoned himself as he battled depression.

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