Held in the downtown area of Springfield, Illinois, this program utilizes several of the historic Lincoln sites there, primary among them the Lincoln Library and Museum. Lincoln’s evolution as a leader is the focus of this program, from his initial campaigning for a state congressional representative seat to the end of his presidency. Generally accepted as the iconic figure of the presidency of the United States, Abraham Lincoln led in such a way that his impact on the history of democracy is readily apparent.
The qualities and competencies that made this so are examined in a series of case studies related to defining moments in Lincoln’s career. His confrontation as a congressman with President Polk over the infamous “Spot Resolutions,” his stand on slavery and “House Divided” speech as a US Senator, his head-on assault of the impending secession of Southern states, and his issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation are captured as pivotal events in Lincoln’s career which mark his legacy as a leader for freedom and for the institution of democracy worldwide.