Lincoln's Washington At War
1 x 60'
Washington, DC, 1861. The Civil War was at the doorstep and the city was bracing for disaster. America was a country torn in two.
Though it was the Union capital, DC was a Southern city, where slavery was legal. Loyalties were mixed and anyone, even society doyennes could have an agenda. Popular hostess Rose O’Neal Greenhow proved one of the most notorious Confederate spies. As untested President Lincoln fought to make the nation's capital the political centre of the Union, but found he was surrounded by Southern sympathies and under constant threat of attack.
Lincoln was a forward thinker – he used Washington as a testing ground for ending slavery. He freed slaves by compensating their owners for their value. The city became a mecca for the self-emancipation. But Lincoln would meet with a tragic end at the hands of nine co-conspirators intent on taking down the government.
His giant white marble memorial stands as a testament to the dream of a lost president – and the nation he reunited.
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