Merrill D. Peterson

in Lincoln in American Memory

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096453
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853939 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the events that transpired starting from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 15, 1865. The last moments before his death and the anguish of his family and the whole American nation is detailed here. This chapter describes the early political life of Abe Lincoln and his rise to becoming president. The author also describes in detail the days and moments before that fateful day that claimed the life of a man who was well-revered by his people. This chapter also describes the mourning period that the American nation went under after his demise. The author also describes the five guiding themes in the nation's memory of Abraham Lincoln.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; America; political life; mourning; assassination

Chapter.  12161 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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