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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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Post-Heroic Era: Acids of Equality and the Waning of Greatness

Post-Heroic Era: Acids of Equality and the Waning of Greatness

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

This chapter, which examines the post-heroic era of Abraham Lincoln from postmodern and multicultural perspectives, explains that postmodernity and multiculturalism articulate changes that have transformed America. It suggests that the weakening of society's timeframe and diminishing heroes go hand in hand with the nation's increasing civility and enlarged awareness of its present faults and their historical sources. The chapter also contends that the discrediting of America's grand narratives is postmodernity's distinctive achievement.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, postmodernity, multiculturalism, diminishing heroes, civility, historical sources

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