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Filling Up the Image

Merrill D. Peterson

in Lincoln in American Memory

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096453
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853939 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096453.003.0003
Filling Up the Image

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This chapter describes the nation's reminiscence of Abe Lincoln, which differs from history as it was not based on historical documents but rather on people's memory. The author discusses the many virtues of Lincoln as remembered by the people who were able to meet him. This chapter also describes the many aspects of Abe Lincoln—s character—his droll humor which eventually mellowed as he matured; his alert, swift and ingenious wit; his clemency and tenderness; and his gift for words and poetry. This chapter also discusses the work of John George Nicolay and John Milton Hay, called Abraham Lincoln: A History which described the reminiscence of Lincoln and is said to be the true history of the American people in his time.

Keywords: reminiscence; history; virtues; character; humor; wit; clemency; John George Nicolay; John Milton Hay; poetry

Chapter.  26546 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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