Lincoln the Commander-in-Chief explores the contours of Abraham Lincoln’s rise to the presidency and his leadership while in office. The exhibit gives special attention to the act Lincoln himself said he would be remembered for, which he drafted his first season in residence—the Emancipation Proclamation. A short documentary film explores the origins and evolution of Abraham Lincoln’s beliefs. Using quotes and details from those who knew Abraham Lincoln best, the exhibit lifts the veil on how the war shaped the president and how the president shaped the war—and the future of the United States of America.