For Abraham Lincoln, New Salem would have been that village. Although he was not technically a child, these would be his formative years where he would enter politics. Imagine that New Salem had been full of people who attacked Lincoln for running, or ran him out of town. Might he still have run politically later? Possibly, but one could understand how such a negative early experience might lead to his not doing so. An environment where one can try their luck and experience a safe environment in either victory or defeat is imperative to such an endeavor as politics.

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