For eight and a half years, I lived in Springfield, Illinois. You’ve probably heard that Illinois is The Land of Lincoln. Well, Springfield is the heart of Lincoln-ness for the state. On one hand, you’re surrounded by the incredible history of places like New Salem and Lincoln’s Home. On the other hand, it can start to feel like All Abe All the Time when you live in the middle of it.
Those years made me very aware of our 16th president, and how often his image is used in popular culture. Turns out, the comics are no exception. You expect Lincoln to show up occasionally in editorials like Oliphant, but in the last month I’ve run into lots of comic strips featuring Abe.
Here are just a few. They speak for themselves.
If you ever travel to Springfield, plan a few hours to go to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM). It opened while my husband and I lived in Illinois, and I always felt proud to take visitors to such a high-quality presentation of American history. Don’t miss the state-of-the-art holographic program. You’ll be trying to figure it out for days.
I saved the best for last: