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"Purpose" Lincoln T-shirt (Men's/Unisex)

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"Purpose" Lincoln T-shirt $20.00
($3.00 extra for 2XL, 3XL, & 4XL)

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Proudly Made in the U.S.A.
Sweatshop Free
15"x20" full-front screen printed design
Durable, soft, 100% cotton
Art and design work by Springfield, Illinois artist Chris Umhoefer



Lincoln suffered many losses during his lifetime. He had a hardscrabble youth and lost his mother when he was 9. In 1832, Lincoln ran for public office for the first time, and lost. During his single term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Lincoln tried, and failed, to abolish slavery in the District of Columbia. During his high-profile 1858 U.S. Senate race, Lincoln debated his rival Douglas over the issue of slavery seven times, but ultimately lost.

Yet, Lincoln never stopped believing. The inspirational Lincoln quote on this T-shirt comes from a letter he wrote during the summer of 1862, when the war was going badly and Union losses were great. It reads, "Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did." Through it all, Lincoln did what he believed in, and ultimately succeeded in abolishing slavery with the passage of the 13th Amendment.

This sense of purpose that Lincoln had continues to inspire me, and other people, today. Paired with the quote is a unique, painting-like illustration of Lincoln that I created. I used bright, inspiring colors in the illustration to represent Lincoln's purpose, confidence, and determination. I could feel these aspects of Lincoln as I was gently creating the brightly-colored strokes you see in places like his hair. Now you, too, can get inspired by Lincoln - and spread that inspiration to others.

The design is screen printed onto a black, 100% cotton, American Apparel unisex T-shirt. It's supersoft, made in the U.S.A., and sweatshop free, because Lincoln didn't believe in slavery. (Note: Size 4X-large is printed on a 100% cotton Bayside unisex T-shirt, since American Apparel only goes up to 3X-large. These T-shirts are also made in the U.S.A. and sweatshop free.)

This T-shirt is available in adult small, medium, large, X-large, 2X-large, 3X-large, and 4X-large. It's also available in women's black or purple, both of which feature pink in the illustration of Lincoln instead of turquoise. Pictures show adult X-large size T-shirt. T-shirt shown is a sample; you will receive one that has never been worn. These T-shirts tend to run a little smaller than normal; if you're concerned about this, order the next size up.

Washing instructions: Machine wash and rinse inside out, in cold water, in the gentle cycle, with mild detergent. No bleach. Hang dry (recommended) or low/no heat in the dryer if necessary.

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