"One idea recurs: '[W]e can be better than we have been,' as Steven Spielberg puts it; we can 'be uplifted and galvanized by this suffering man who was a steadfast optimist in the name of freedom and equality.' That sentiment infuses and inspires this stunning portrait."
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death, LIFE
editors have produced an astonishing volume of images and essays.
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