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Grace Bedell

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FC: Lincoln's Little Girl By Fred Trump Scrapbook by Kristen Graves

1: Susan | George | Stephen | Frank | Levant | Helen | Scott | Alice | Grace | Frederick | Eunice | Amanda | Norman | Chapter 1- Stove Maker's Family Grace Bedell is born in Albion, New York as the youngest of seven with a wonderful mom and a dad that owns a stove making company. | Grace

2: Chapter 2- A Time of Turmoil Grace grows up in her New York home, facing the opinions of those around her on political issues, economy, religious beliefs, and the abolition of slavery, such as Bleeding Kansas. She imagined a west land that was blood stained. | Vocab Check: clandestine- conducted in secrecy In the Book: used to describe the underground railroad

3: Chapter 3- A New Home at Westfield Grace's family moves from their home in Albion, New York to Westfield, New York. They had lots of important neighbors around them.

4: Chapter 4- The Presidential Campaign Lincoln beats William Seward and is elected as the republican nominee, with running mate Hannibal Hamlin.

5: Fact Check: In Grace's letter, she addressed him as Hon A. B. Lincoln. | Chapter 5- Letter to Lincoln Eleven year old Grace write her famous letter to Lincoln during him campaign. She asks him to grow his beard, or as it was called them, "whiskers" out because she thinks it will help his appearance. Then, the ladies will like him and convince their husbands to vote for him.

6: Chapter 6- Lincoln Responds Lincoln himself writes back to Grace considering the idea of "whiskers".

7: Vocab Check: Virility- in the state of showing manliness, masculinity, or strength. In the book: Describing the symbolical meaning of beards when they were in trend. | Chapter 7- Growing Whiskers- Lincoln's new bearded face now symbolized the agony of the Civil War.

8: Chapter 8- Old Abe's Kiss Newly elected President Lincoln makes a stop at Westfield on the way to Washington. He finds Grace within the crowd, has her brought up, and kisses her on the cheek. | Fact Check: The president also visited Buffalo, Albany, New York City, and Philadelphia on his train ride.

9: Chapter 9- The Civil War The Civil War enters Albion when Grace's future husband George Billings gets mustered into the Eighth New York Heavy Artillery Regiment.

10: Chapter 10- Grace and George After the Civil War George gets out of the army and goes to teach at the school Grace attends. Grace Bedell and George Billings wed on December Third, Eighteen Sixty- Seven. | Vocab Check- Frugally: to avoid wasting things In the Book: George's grandfather thought George's idea to go to law school was ridiculous and that if he just worked hard and lived frugally he would be fine.

11: Chapter 11- Go West, Young Man George visits the Kansas Frontier to see just what it is Horace Greeley is talking about.

12: Chapter 12- Kansas Homestead Once George finds the right spot in Kansas for the Billings' homestead, Grace travels to meet him and they get their pioneer on!

13: Chapter 13- The Pioneer Couple With Grace and George settled down in the town of Delphos and he farms and does part time accounting for various town stores, while Grace deals with the many struggles of house keeping on the prairie. They also have their first and only son, Harlow. | Fact Check- Where Grace and George lived at that time was considered Solomon Valley.

14: Chapter 14- New Neighbors Neighbors come and fill the empty spots around the Billings farm.

15: Chapter 15- Hard Times Events such as the "Panic of 1873" shows just how destructive nature can be. This brings about the saying, "It doesn't matter if your are committed to a farm, or prison." | Vocab Check- windlass: a device used when lifting things made of a horizontal bar and a crank to wind up rope. In the Book: Wells have a windlass, and when George climbed into the well bucket to fix it, Grace wasn't able to hold the windlass, so he fell into the well!

16: Chapter 16- The Grasshopper Time Natural Disasters follow economic disasters, then, hard times, drought and the grasshopper attack, along with blizzards and fevers make them wonder if Kansas is really worth it.

17: Chapter 17- Trek to Arizona George ventures out on a long, hard trip to Arizona, because of the promise of jobs in the mining industry, but decides it is not worth it. He heads back home within two months of being in Arizona. | Fact Check: George and his friends took wagon trains to get to Arizona. They stopped in Doge City, Kansas over the first night. He said that back at that time it was a desperate town full of drinking and dancing halls open until three in the morning. How terrible!

18: Chapter 18- New Enterprises Once George returns, the Bedells go onto officially own their farm, a herd of sheep along with there livestock, a library, bank stock, and helped found an opera house, telephone company, and a grain elevator. | Fact Check: Former Union soldier Boston Corbett was the sheriff at the Kansas capitol building until he shot the ceiling of the Senate chamber and was put in an insane asylum.

19: Chapter 19- Fame Revived When Lincoln's son Robert and his wife Mary run across Grace's letter when going through Lincoln's things. Grace's fame is revived in her old years. She celebrates her 60th wedding anniversary. Her son gets married and she gets to see her grandchildren. She lives a happy life and dies in 1936. | Robert Lincoln

20: Chapter 20- Lincoln's Letter Sold Grace's three grandsons held an auction for Lincoln's reply to Grace's letter that she had kept all these years. It sold for $20,000, becoming one of the most highly coveted pieces of Civil War history. It was the highest paid single letter with a single signature, and sold for more than the Emancipation Proclamation itself! | Vocab Check: Lincolniana: books, saying, documents, etc. referring to Abraham Lincoln. In the Book: Lincoln's Letter was of the most prized among Lincolniana.

21: Grace's Letter!

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