Abraham Lincoln is regarded as one of the greatest leaders in American history. This tactile exhibition tells his story and discusses how, following his assassination, his legacy was embraced by politicians, the US Government, and advertisers to promote their causes and sell their products, a practice that continues today.
Lincoln spent his early years in poverty and was a self-taught lawyer who rose through the ranks of American politics during one of its most divisive and turbulent periods. Lincoln's leadership carried the nation through the American Civil, preserved the Union, and abolished slavery by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. His life is a lesson in grit, compassion, and perseverance.
Lincoln became an icon during his life, but this was amplified when he was assassinated in 1865. Since his death, Lincoln has become a permanent part of the American spirit. The mythology surrounding him has grown, and his image and life have been appropriated across a broad cultural spectrum.