Since Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter mostly takes place in the past, Seth Grahame-Smith has to spend some time explaining to us what it was like back then, and it was no picnic. Whenever Abe goes to a new place, we get a snapshot of the new location, 19th-century-style: when Abe goes to New Orleans or New York City, we get a quick glimpse of what life is like and how different these cities are from the small towns and farms of Kentucky, Indiana, or Illinois. But this book doesn't just say "here's America before mp3s." It has something else in mind. Through their actions and hopes, the characters here try to make America into the country that they want it to be, whether it's Abe's equality or Jefferson Davis's slave-based country.