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Abraham Lincoln was known for his sense of humor. But in 1842, early in his adult life, it nearly got him into trouble. He had to use his imagination to save his career – and maybe even his life.
When Abraham Lincoln became frustrated with the actions of James Shield, a political rival, he came up with a plan. It was silly. It was clever. And it was a great big mistake! Lincoln, his future wife, and a friend of hers wrote a series of fictional letters to the editor, complaining about Shields. But when Shields took offense, he challenged Lincoln to a duel.
Written by Donna Janell Bowman
Illustrated by S.D. Schindler
Published by Peachtree Publishers (April 1, 2018)
Book trailer and animation by Erik Niells at Square Bear Studio
Narration by illustrator C.S. Jennings