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Abraham Lincoln in the post-heroic era : history and memory in late twentieth-century America

Author: Barry Schwartz
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By the 1920s, Abraham Lincoln had transcended the lingering controversies of the Civil War to become a secular saint, honored in North and South alike for his steadfast leadership in crisis. Throughout the Great Depression and World War II, Lincoln was invoked countless times as a reminder of America's strength and wisdom, a commanding ideal against which weary citizens could see their own hardships in perspective.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Schwartz, Barry, 1938-
Abraham Lincoln in the post-heroic era.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2008026876
(OCoLC)222153058
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Schwartz
ISBN: 9780226741901 0226741907 1281966398 9781281966391
OCLC Number: 309103065
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 394 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Ascension : Lincoln in the Great Depression --
Apex : Lincoln in the Second World War --
Transition : Cold War, racial conflict, and contested images of Lincoln --
Transfiguration : civil rights movement, vanishing savior of the Union --
Erosion : fading prestige, benign ridicule --
Post-heroic era : acids of equality and the waning of greatness --
Inertia : the enduring Lincoln.
Responsibility: Barry Schwartz.

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By the 1920s, Abraham Lincoln had transcended the lingering controversies of the Civil War to become a secular saint, honored in North and South alike for his steadfast leadership in crisis. Throughout the Great Depression and World War II, Lincoln was invoked countless times as a reminder of America's strength and wisdom, a commanding ideal against which weary citizens could see their own hardships in perspective. But as Barry Schwartz reveals in Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era, those years represent the apogee of Lincoln's prestige. The decades following World War II brought radical c.

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