- Title Pages
- * 1 * <i>Ascension</i>: Lincoln in the Great Depression
- * 2 * <i>Apex</i>: Lincoln in The Second World War
- * 3 * <i>Transition</i>: Cold War, Racial Conflict, and Contested Images of Lincoln
- * 4 * <i>Transfiguration</i>: Civil Rights Movement, Vanishing Savior of the Union
- * 5 * <i>Erosion</i>: Fading Prestige, Benign Ridicule
- * 6 * <i>Post-Heroic Era</i>: Acids of Equality and the Waning of Greatness
- * 7 * <i>Inertia</i>: The Enduring Lincoln
- Appendix A The Populist Strain in Depression-Era Lincoln Representation
- Appendix B Percentage of Respondents Designating Abraham Lincoln as One of the Two or Tree Greatest Men Who Ever Lived in this Country, 1945*
- Appendix C Survey Information
- Appendix D Codes for 1945 Gallup Poll (Roman Font) and 2001 NES (Italic Font)
- Appendix E Reasons for Designating Abraham Lincoln Greater than George Washington: National Employee Survey 2001: Any Mention
- Appendix F Histojy Textbook List
- Appendix G
- Appendix H Percentage of Respondents Designating Abraham Lincoln as One of America's Three Greatest Presidents, by Race*
- Appendix I Percentage of Respondents Designating Abraham Lincoln as One of America's Three Greatest Presidents, by Region
- Appendix J Percentage of Respondents Designating Lincoln as One of America's Three Greatest Presidents by Party Identification and Ideology, 1991
- Appendix K Diversity and the Ideal of Citizenship
- (p.254) Conclusion
- Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era
- University of Chicago Press
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.
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