A Not-So-Boring Biography to Read


Meghan Sharma writes, To most people, biographies may be boring to read.

To most people, biographies may be boring to read. However, 10 Days: Abraham Lincoln by David Colbert will teach you history while letting you read a good book. Not only will it tell you about 10 days that changed Abraham Lincoln’s life and America, but it will also teach you about the Civil War-maybe even before you’ve learned about it in school.This book starts out in his difficult and poor early life. It then goes to how he represented in the House of Representatives and how he campaigned to be the president of the United States. In a past election of 1858, Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas to be an Illinois senator. Douglas was a slave supporter, so this made winning difficult for Lincoln. In November of 1860, Lincoln ran for president against Governor William H. Seward, Senator Salmon P. Chase, and Congressman Edward Bates-all against slavery, like him. Lincoln won the election due to his strategy of being the best second choice for voters. He chose Seward as his secretary of state, Chase as his secretary of treasury, and Bates as his Attorney General. He also let Senator Simon Cameron, who quit earlier, be his Secretary of War.On April 18, 1861, the Civil War started at Fort Sumter. Seven states had left the Union and were forming the Confederacy. South Carolina, with 57% of the population slaves, and Mississippi, with 55% of the population slaves, were the first to secede. Slaves did their work, helped the economy, made most of the population which counted for the House of Representatives, they depended on slaves, and thought the slaves would rule them if they were free. Lincoln thought the South wanted to “destroy the government (of the United States).” Although he wanted to free slaves, he still didn’t want to give women and slaves full citizenship.The Civil War continued from 1861-1865. Some dilemmas occurred. One was that the North couldn’t lose the border states-Kentucky, Delaware, and many other states. They bordered the South and, if they seceded, the North would probably lose because the South would have as easy route to the Great Lakes. “I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game,” said Lincoln. He also gave his famous Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address. Finally, in 1865, General Lee of the South surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant of the North. This book also explains about Lincoln’s assassination and John Wilkes Booth.10 Days: Abraham Lincoln by David Colbert is a great book that will teach you a lot about American history. It’s published by Aladdin and is 147 pages long. I would recommend this book to kids 11-15 years old because there may be things younger kids won’t understand. I liked how this book tells you about the biggest events in the Civil War and explains much of it. One thing I didn’t like was that one “Day,” or chapter, wasn’t one day-sometimes it was months. Other books in this series are 10 Days: Thomas Edison, 10 Days: Benjamin Franklin, 10 Days: Anne Frank, 10 Days: Martin Luther King, Jr., and 10 Days: Albert Einstein.


  1. I like how you’re trying …
    I like how you’re trying to get the message through that not all biographies are boring!

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