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Abraham Lincoln's Troubles With Women

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I think that Lincoln’s troubles with women began at home. Even ignoring the tragedies of the early death of both his mother, Nancy, and his sister, Sarah, it's important to note that the most important women in his life were distinctly caretakers. After Nancy passed away, Sarah most likely took on a motherly role to Lincoln, even though she would have only been a couple years older. Then, when Thomas Lincoln remarried, Lincoln gained another maternal figure through Sarah Bush Lincoln, who he was shown repeatedly to love and respect. Maybe Lincoln, ever awkward and even “…rather prudish where women were concerned” needed a little extra time to see women as potential partners (p.12)? Or maybe, despite his skepticism, Lincoln had absorbed some
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