Our blog dedicated to artist Thomas Hart Benton has published a post in honor of President’s Day. Included are images of Benton’s illustrations for Three River’s South: A Story of Young Abe Lincoln.
The book follows Lincoln through his adventurous youth, long before he was president of the United States. The book offers this intriguing introduction: “In the spring of 1831, after the Lincoln family had survived the Winter of the Deep Snow, young Abe Lincoln was more than willing to accept an offer to pilot a flatboat full of produce down three rivers of middle America, from Sangamo Town to the roaring city of New Orleans. Although others went along, it was Abe Lincoln who planned everything, made the important decisions and avoided danger or fought it down all along the way.
[The author] knows the background of his trip. Against this she has dramatized one unforgettable adventure after another, each bringing out the character of the great and beloved American in light of his future principle achievements.”