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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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(p.254) Conclusion
Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era
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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the reputation and prestige of Abraham Lincoln, suggesting that the egalitarianism that made American society more just and decent has eroded Lincoln's prestige. It is doubtful that the American people might soon identify with the past and its heroes as closely as they did before the post-heroic era, but the moral flowering of America affirms Lincoln's ironic place in the memory of its people.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, prestige, egalitarianism, American society, post-heroic era, heroes

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