Scene of a young Lincoln chopping wood in front of a cabin. Above him is a cameo portrait based on the photograph by Alexander Gardner.Because Lincoln was strong and good with an ax, his father hired him out to work for neighbors. Under the laws of the time, the 25 cents per day that Lincoln earned went to his father. In April 1828 Lincoln was hired to take a flatboat full of produce and supplies to New Orleans. There for the first time he was exposed to an urban way of life, heard several languages spoken, and saw slave markets. He earned 24 dollars on this 3-month trip, which he turned over to his father
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