USF: Lincoln

“A. Lincoln”
was how he signed his name.

I took American History from him twice:
(first) up to, and (second) since
The Civil War.

I also completed one of his favorites
Personalities in the History of American Foreign Policy.
The title gives a clue to his view
that history is

We understood he spent summers with his wife
touring Civil War battlefields and Illinois
collecting Lincoln memorabilia.
They probably had hair
and toenail clippings.

He was tall, pudgy, balding, weak-chinned.
He lectured carefully, softly, high-pitched.
He usually stared at the ceiling and continually wrung his hands.
He must have really hated the fact that his first name was