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Lincoln's Body
Author: Fox

ISBN: 9780393352634
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 8 February 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0 x 2.6
Description:
"[A]n astonishingly interesting interpretation. . . . Fox is wonderfully shrewd and often dazzling."?Jill Lepore, New York Times Book Review

In a stunning feat of scholarship, insight, and engaging prose, Lincoln's Body explores how a president ungainly in body and downright "ugly" of aspect came to mean so much to us.

The very roughness of Lincoln's appearance made him seem all the more common, one of us?as did his sense of humor about his own awkward physical nature. Nineteenth-century African Americans felt deep affection for their "liberator" as a "homely" man who did not hold himself apart. During Reconstruction, Southerners felt a nostalgia for the humility of Lincoln, whom they envisioned as a "conciliator." Later, teachers glorified Lincoln as a symbol of nationhood that would appeal to poor immigrants. Monument makers focused not only on the man's gigantic body but also on his nationalist efforts to save the Union, downplaying his emancipation of the slaves.

Among both black and white liberals in the 1960s and 1970s, Lincoln was derided or fell out of fashion. ...

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