The early life of George Washington gave him the strength to become our country’s greatest leader. But it did not go well in those early years, especially in the misadventures he suffered during the French and Indian War. Dr. Van Stockum examines his youth and first employment as a surveyor. He also describes Washington’s relationship with slavery and his views on religion. And, finally, he addresses the many illnesses that plagued Washington during his lifetime.
Abraham Lincoln spent the formative years of his childhood in Kentucky, living in the Nolin and Salt River countryside. Many of Lincoln’s strongest characteristics were certainly learned in the still wild frontier of early Kentucky.