Article about Lincoln and Riley

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dry the as hv AMONG the interesting reading material we receive is a bulle* called "Lincoln Lore" from the Lincoln National Life Found*on. It is published by the Lincoln National Life Insurance -Co. rt Wayne, Indiana. . The last bulletin is largely devoted to a discussion of th» Mks which must have played a great influence in the life of raham Lincoln. ' The bulletin goes on to say: OF ALL THE BOOKS that Lincoln read during his youth none more interesting and entertaining than Captain James ley's "Narrative of the loss of the American Brig Commerce." lis book, although extensively read during Lincoln's time, is toy out of print and not available to the modern reader. Lincoln ·eceived from this book many ideas regarding slavery. He also und the book instructive and educational. Much has been written concerning some of the books which braham Lincoln read, and their influence upon his subsequent areer. The classics, text books, and patriotic works listed as ng been read by him have received considerable attention. Little, owever, has been written about the books which do not fall ueen wiiucn AUUUL me UUIHU wiuun ao noi rail unaer of le above classifications, despite the fact that some of these for- · . . . . . . full the a 1t h hold peacemaker's gotten volumes exerted a tremendous influence upon his mental development. There were at best few books in southern Indiana during Lincoln's residence in that state, but there is a tradition that he read most of the books within a fifty mile radius of'his home. Due to the fact that Lincoln spent less than a year in under five different schoolmasters, it is an interesting endeavor to determine the influence of certain books in his struggle for education. . . . . " . · , ·;. IN RECENT .YEARS a great deal of interest has been the compilation of books which Lincoln read. Historians and students have been able to make up a list of approximately two hundred titles, mentioned either by Lincoln in his letters and speeches, or by authors in numerous Lincoln biographies. A list of books that Lincoln read constitutes the principal background of his education. THE UNUSUALLY interesting title page of Riley's Narrative (1823 edition) in short gives a Brief synopsis of the book: "An Authentic Narrative Of The Loss Of The American Brig Commerce Wrecked On The Western Coagt of Africa In With An Account Of The Sufferings Of Her 'Sut the has ·». MM* viving Officers And Crew Who Were Enslaved By The Wandering Arabs Of The Great African Desert Or Zahahrah And Observations, Historical, Geographical, Made During The Travels Of Ths Author, While A Slave To The Arabs, And In The Empire Of Morocco By James Riley Late Master And Supercargo Illustrated and Embellished With Eight Engravings Lexington, Kentucky Published For The Author William Gibbes Hunt Printer 1823." From this outline, it is easy to see that such a narrative would appeal to the American pioneer. Africa was a continent of which little was known, and the Arabs, no doubt, proved to topic of never-ending conversation among those who read the In his book, Captain James Riley gives a true account of adventures, enslavement'snd-travels in Africa. The Narrative begins with the wrecking of the brig Commerce in August 1815 on the western coast of Africa. The crew with all the officers was seized by a company of nomadic Moroccan Arabs, who stripped Ihem of their clothing and carried them into the interior of the "Desert of Zahahrah." From this same continent, American and English ships were bringing. black slaves to America. This reversal of the process of enslaving men must have brought to minds of .many white men the ignominy of being a slave. THE MISERY SUFFERED by the victims while on the is described in sordid detail, and Captain Riley very vividly low he and his unfortunate companions were sold as slaves to \rab merchants. The bcojt is filled with anti-slavery sentiment, not rom the political aspect,'but from the moral side of the question. it is likely that Lincoln was especially in-pressed with the paragraph which depicts the slave market as follows: "They next found fault with my shins, which had been very sore and they examined every bone to see if all was right in plice, with the same circumspection that a jockey would use who was about buying a horse." During Lincoln's residence in Indiana, at age nineteen, he · trio to New Orleans, and while there, he law the slave

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  1. Idaho State Journal,
  2. 08 Jun 1967, Thu,
  3. Page 5

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