February 12, 2009 marks the 200 birthday of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. While most of us only know the thumbnail sketch of Lincoln; he freed the slaves, President during the Civil War and assassinated after soon after, there is so much more behind the complex man on the Five Dollar bill.
As the bicentennial nears, make plans to visit The California Museum in Sacramento this summer as the traveling exhibit from the Library of Congress makes its way West.
Scholars have literally studied Lincoln for decades and still find they only know a small portion of this great man. I would recommend Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin as a primer.