The film starts off with the bloody Civil War playing out, North and South at war. Minutes later we are then taken to a part where we see two Black soldiers having a conversation with Lincoln stating how they wish all men were equal and would love to see a black man as colonel in the army. At the time slavery was still being practiced and many blacks experienced harsh treatment from whites, whether it was pertaining to laws or how they were treated on a daily basis. From that point and onwards the movie basically gets into Lincoln working on the amendment and dealing with his fellow cabinet members.
Early on in the story there does seem to be tidbits showing that Mary Sturatt, Lincoln’s wife, did have emotional problems. From the constant crying to commanding Lincoln to kill her. Thus explains why some accused Mary to be part of his assignation, some even claimed she had insanity. Then again she lost one son from a disease and another in a war so her wild emotions could have started because of that. The film doesn’t get much into his family nor in depth about his personal life but we do get little glimpses every now and then.
Through the middle the storyline does start to pick up and the action kicks in. We see Lincoln in the process of writing out the amendment, with his cute son Thomas and assistant near him.