I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal. —Abraham Lincoln, in a speech at Chicago, Illinois July 10th, 1858 (13.1)
This is the chapter where Abe (a) wins the Civil War and (b) gets assassinated. Talk about highs and lows. So why start off this pivotal, exciting chapter with a cheesy metaphor? Well, this chapter is all about Abe's legacy, what he leaves us after he dies—an end to slavery and a real beginning for America to live up to its promise that all men are created free and equal.