What did Lincoln experience as a child?

Lincoln's father was a strict disciplinarian. Today he would be considered abusive, but his father was also a staunch abolitionist. Lincoln's mother died when he was young, but he was very close to his stepmother who provided him with as much education as their poor home schooling would allow. Lincoln was profoundly effected by a trip he took down river to New Orleans on a flatboat to sell his family's crops. He witnessed enough of the slave society to be forever repelled by what he saw.