Information about Abraham Lincoln that is suitable for children is available on websites such as Enchanted Learning, Social Studies for Kids and Ducksters. These websites generally provide a brief biographical overview of the 16th U.S. President, highlighting notable events such as the Emancipation Proclamation, Civil War and Gettysburg Address.
To keep information understandable and relevant for children, factual evidence is presented in brief, easily understood language using a limited vocabulary.
Biographical information about Abraham Lincoln typically begins with his birth in a Kentucky log cabin in 1809. Accounts describe the hardship his family faced during his childhood. His parents, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln, were illiterate farmers that relocated the family to Indiana in 1817. Abraham was not able to attend school yet was interested enough in books to self-educate himself.
At the age of 21, Abraham Lincoln struck out on his own from his family, working as a clerk in a store. He began studying law at this time, eventually passing the state bar of Illinois and also began a political career with the newly-formed Whig party. A 26-year political career culminated in his election as President of the United States as the southern states began to secede from the Union.
Lincoln led the country through the devastating Civil War, emerging victorious and reintegrating the Confederate states into the United States. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, freeing all slaves in the formerly rebellious states.