National Geographic did a really neat spread on portraits of Lincoln before and throughout his presidency. While I feel the post Chris Mackowski did over at Emerging Civil War really captured the quick aging of the president, considering the amount of stress that was put on him throughout his presidency, the very brief National Geographic article covers several photographs over the span of eight years. Here’s a few photos I’ve compiled from the Library of Congress, covering 1860, before the start of the war, to just before his death on April 14, 1865:
Lincoln did a lot for the United States, at several great costs to both the North and the South, finally succeeded in reuniting the country just before his heartbreaking assassination. His legacy and the progressive choices he made in a time of extreme turmoil came with improvements, consequences, and altered ways of life. Yes, it took America a long time to get to where it is today (perhaps with some backwards steps here and there), but Lincoln set in motion the amendments that would free around 4 million slaves.
What do you think? Can you see a difference in the photographs above? Do you think his legacy still lives?