Abraham Lincoln grew up in the long shadow of the Founding Fathers. Seeking an intellectual and emotional replacement for his own taciturn father, Lincoln turned to the great men of the founding?Washington, Paine, Jefferson?and their great documents?the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution?for knowledge, guidance, inspiration, and purpose. Out of the power vacuum created by their passing, Lincoln emerged from among his peers as the true inheritor of the Founders? mantle, bringing their vision to bear on the Civil War and the question of slavery. In -- Founders? Son.