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This chapter begins with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream speech from 1963. Wait, did we just jump almost 100 years into the future?
While we're thinking about that, we hear about a dream that Lincoln has, where he seems to be hunting a vampire while that vampire is hunting some people.
And then Abe wakes up in the White House.
Apparently, President Kennedy has invited Lincoln to see Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech, which is about to take place near the Lincoln Memorial.
Lost? Never fear. The rewind's a'comin'.
Let's learn how Lincoln got to this place, shall we?
After his assassination, the whole country mourns, and hundreds of thousands come out to see his body as it is (slowly) moved back to Illinois.
On the night of the funeral, Henry Sturges pays a visit to Abe's corpse.
But we'll get to that in a minute. First, our narrator wants to give us an update on the rest of Abe's family.
Tad Lincoln dies in 1871 of tuberculosis, so only his son Robert Lincoln survives. (Well, until 1926.)
Mary, who is already depressed, becomes even more depressed after Tad dies. She also becomes a little crazy paranoid before she dies in 1882.
Enough about his sad, sad family, what about Abe?
For the last hundred years, Abe and Henry Sturges have been fighting against evil vampires and injustice.
They fought against white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan in the South after the Civil War; and then they fought against the vampires in World War II. (It's unclear, but we guess the book means that the Nazis were vampires or pro-vampire.)