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Inertia: The Enduring Lincoln

Inertia: The Enduring Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era
University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the “inertia” in the remembrance of Abraham Lincoln. Heartfelt admiration of Lincoln is now at a low point, but there is a floor below which it cannot fall, a limit inherent in the character of nationhood itself. The chapter suggests that Lincoln's memory accumulates a self-perpetuating rhetorical power, and also discusses the three forms of commemoration that maintain Lincoln's inertia: routine commemoration, grand commemoration, and mundane commemoration.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, inertia, nationhood, rhetorical power, commemoration

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