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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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Inertia: The Enduring Lincoln

Inertia: The Enduring Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226741901.003.0008

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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