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Abraham Lincoln and the Forge of National Memory
Author: Barry Schwartz

ISBN: 9780226741987
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 382
Published: 17 July 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.2 x 2.6
Description:
Abraham Lincoln has long dominated the pantheon of American presidents. From his lavish memorial in Washington and immortalization on Mount Rushmore, one might assume he was a national hero rather than a controversial president who came close to losing his 1864 bid for reelection. In Abraham Lincoln and the Forge of National Memory, Barry Schwartz aims at these contradictions in his study of Lincoln's reputation, from the president's death through the industrial revolution to his apotheosis during the Progressive Era and First World War.

Schwartz draws on a wide array of materials-painting and sculpture, popular magazines and school textbooks, newspapers and oratory-to examine the role that Lincoln's memory has played in American life. He explains, for example, how dramatic funeral rites elevated Lincoln's reputation even while funeral eulogists questioned his presidential actions, and how his reputation diminished and grew over the next four decades. Schwartz links transformations of Lincoln's image to changes in the society. Commemorating Lincoln helped Americans to think about their country's development fr...

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