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Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era: History and Memory in Late Twentieth-Century America

Barry Schwartz

Abstract

By the 1920s, Abraham Lincoln had transcended the lingering controversies of the Civil War to become a secular saint, honored in North and South alike for his steadfast leadership in crisis. Throughout the Great Depression and World War II, he was invoked countless times as a reminder of America's strength and wisdom, a commanding ideal against which weary citizens could see their own hardships in perspective. But as revealed in this book, those years represent the apogee of Lincoln's prestige. The decades following World War II brought radical changes to American culture, changes that led to ... More

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln, American culture, heroes, patriotism, equality, leadership, inclusion, beneficence, diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226741888
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226741901.001.0001

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Barry Schwartz, author

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