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Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic EraHistory and Memory in Late Twentieth-Century America$
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Barry Schwartz

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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Erosion: Fading Prestige, Benign Ridicule

Erosion: Fading Prestige, Benign Ridicule

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

This chapter discusses the fading prestige of Abraham Lincoln during the second half the twentieth century. Though research and surveys show Lincoln is still considered as one of the greatest Americans, benign ridicule of him started during this period. The chapter suggests that the diminution of Lincoln may be attributed to the civil rights movement's reshaping of his reputation.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, prestige, greatest Americans, civil rights movement, reputation

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