How Abraham Lincoln Developed Modern War Technology | Popular Science
In between shots of soldiers meeting their brutal end and Sally Field being the most perfect Mary Todd Lincoln of all time (besides maybe MTL herself), the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, a war drama in theaters everywhere November 16, presents Honest Abe as an honest badass. “I am the President of the United States of America…clothed in immense power,” he declares, because if you’re going to abolish slavery you have to be the toughest dude in the room. In our 1957 issue, PopSci celebrated Lincoln as the awesome war scientist he was. We wrote about how the great emancipator tested out and helped create at least a rudimentary form of most of the weapons we knew in the mid-20th century.