Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Mister Lincoln

When I was a kid, my folks took us to Springfield so we could visit Mister Lincoln. We had never left Chicago, and they felt that we needed to see what was around that fair city. So we went to Springfield to visit the Capitol.

So for my Mother's birthday, I took her to Springfield to check out the new Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. We just got back today. It was pretty durn cool. We stopped in the research half, but spent time in the Museum. Way fun. It has only been open a few years. We did stop at Joe's Pizza joint afterward. Mighty fine.

I had never been to a Presidential Library before. It was pretty hardcore for a Library. They showed how vilified Lincoln was when he was a candidate for office and when he was serving as President. I knew this, but I didn't know the extent to how much he was hated. It was very unusual jabs. They compared him to a monkey, an Irishman, an African. They showed scenes from his cabinet. He had a lot of differences with his cabinet. Many of them supported the Emancipation not because they were abolitionists, but they believed that the freed slaves would be removed from the United States. Strange indeed.

The flashes of the history, and the economics behind the war reminded me of the movie by Spike Lee, CSA. The museum had some rather interesting exhibits that included some interesting visual presentations that mixed video reenactment of primary documentation of the public reactions to the Emancipation Proclamation. Good stuff. I got the same chills when I went through the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lovely day indeed! I once visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California (where the Rodney King coppers came from)... even more fascinating than the portraits of Nancy and Ronald made out of butterfly wings were the stories told by the dedicated volunteers about the times Ronnie visited his own museum... people sent him some very strange gifts during his presidency, and they were all on display. I never knew he and Nancy were given matching rodeo costumes.

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