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Teacher's Book Relates Abraham Lincoln to Young Adults

February 12, 2018 - 7:24 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It's a state holiday in both Illinois and Missouri, Lincoln's birthday, and Jan Jacobi, a teacher at St. Michael School in Clayton, believes Lincoln is our nation's greatest president, with important lessons to teach today's kids. Despite being knocked down many times by life, Lincoln never gave up.

"His law partner said that inside him was this ambition, which was a little engine that never quit," he says. 

Lincoln was awkward and often called ugly. He suffered depression due to losing a number of loved ones--mother, sister, first love, children, and he dealt with it by being quiet, reflective and going for walks.

"I don't think young people really are allowed to do that now, life is so chaotic and so stressed. He was able to carry all that stress by essentially taking some time for himself," he says. 

Jacobi, a former middle school teacher of the year at MICDS, has a new book out from reedy press called "Young Lincoln." It's aimed at young adults and follows Lincoln's early frontier days.